When I was a little boy, I loved the Apollo astronauts, the Beatles and drawing. What I especially enjoyed about drawing was making pictures move. Flipbooks were my medium of choice – I could do that kind of thing all day long and never get bored. So it is probably no surprise that in my current “grown-up” incarnation, I am a video and web producer. Specifically, I produce NOVA’s “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.” I am still making pictures move. And borderline miraculously, I get paid to do it; thanks to viewers like you!
So why have I just told you my life story?
Well, the thing is that because of my “secret life,” I have a very deep appreciation of the work that teachers do. I never had to teach a roomful of thirty kids with all kinds of learning styles and skill levels all over the map (I mostly taught literacy to teenagers and adults). I honestly don’t know how people like Lee and you all (I’m assuming most of you are teachers) do it every day. The in-the-trenches work of teaching our kids, helping them build a foundation for their future learning and for their lives, all the while not getting paid a mint to do it… I am in awe of teachers.
And that is a big part of why I’m thrilled that so many teachers are using our show with their students. It was terrific to read all of your proposals for how you would use the InFocus projector along with “Secret Life” in your classrooms, libraries and computer labs. (And huge congratulations to the winner of that projector, Shannon Walters!) The entire “Secret Life” team is incredibly grateful to you for the creative ways that you are using our series to help kids connect with science, engineering and so many other subjects. And we are especially grateful to the GeekyMomma herself, Lee Kolbert, for so enthusiastically spreading the word about “Secret Life” (thank you, Lee, and thanks for the soapbox, too).
So it is a treat for us to hear your stories. And we hope to hear more.
And I’m thankful that what was my secret life is your not-so-secret life. You’re way better at it than I ever could have been!