‘Great Gatsby’ project comes to a close

It’s over. The class project over F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is complete.

The students in my “experimental class” created a movie of “The Great Gatsby.” They wrote a script and acted it out.

It ended up being over 10-minutes in length. Several of them had to use the script while on camera, and they at times seemed timid about the acting.

Overall, though, I was pleased with the end product.

The issue I had with it was the process of making the movie. There wasn’t a lot of focus. Everyone didn’t contribute as much as everyone else. People were messing around instead of help, and when it came time to shoot the movie — which meant going to various locations within the school — it got worse. People didn’t learn their lines, costumes weren’t ready like they were supposed to be, people not on camera were a distraction to those trying to act . . . it just didn’t go well.

I am always leery of group projects, and this particular project did nothing but bolster my fears.

However, it did all come together fairly well, as I said. That doesn’t mean, though, that all the negativity is wiped clean. A major adjustment needs to be made to prevent such occurrences in the future.

Today is the last day of the fall semester. When we come back in January 2013, we will begin a 9-week-long unit on research papers. I’m not sure if my “new” and “experimental” way of doing things will lend itself well to this unit.

I’m still pondering over how I’m going to make it all work.

Until I figure it out, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Be safe. Be kind. And take the time to tell someone you love just how much they mean to you.