Film crews in Rachel Stubbert’s math class observe her teaching methods as they prepare for a documentary. The video will accompany Myron Dueck’s book

Film crews in Rachel Stubbert’s math class observe her teaching methods as they prepare for a documentary. The video will accompany Myron Dueck’s book

Classess filmed for documentary

Film crews were in Summerland and Penticton earlier this month to record teachers and students for an upcoming documentary.

Film crews were in Summerland and Penticton earlier this month to record teachers and students for an upcoming documentary.

The filming took place Nov. 2 to 5 to create a video to accompany Myron Dueck’s book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder.

Dueck, the vice-principal of Summerland Secondary School, wrote the book to help educators with grading.

It was published by ASCD, an educational publishing company, in 2014 and has been used by teachers and educators across Canada and the United States.

The book includes plenty of personal stories from incidents which changed the way Dueck grades his students.

The video shows teachers in the classroom.

A total of eight teachers and classrooms were filmed. In Summerland, the teachers were home economics teacher Marnie Mennell, math teacher Rachel Stubbert, automotive teacher Troy Stubbert, math teacher Shona Becker and Dueck teaching  leadership.

In addition, chemistry teacher Ben Arcuri, biology teacher Scott Harkness and English teacher Chris Terris from Penticton Secondary School and English teacher Naryn Searcy from Princess Margaret Secondary School were also filmed.

Dueck said each of the teachers involved demonstrates excellence in the classroom.

“They’re trying things differently with their classes,” he said.

He added that the filming was challenging for the teachers and students, as camera operators and other filming technicians, along with their equipment, were present in the classrooms.

“I’m very thankful to the district for allowing it,” Dueck said of the filming project.

“I’m grateful to the teachers who opened their classrooms and to the students. It could not have happened without them.”

The one-hour documentary is expected to be released in January or February.


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