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TV Time
By Joe Bouchard
Published: 01/02/2017

The following is an installment in "Operation Icebreaker: Shooting for Excellence", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.

Many times, we tell our students, “Put your electronic devices away!” It is as though we are staff on commercial airline. Still, there are times where we learn from our electronic pals. For interest, fact checking is a breeze with smart phones and reputable websites.

TV Time is a great way to use the wizardry of electronics and learn corrections lessons. The real prize in this is that students select their own topic.
  1. Students will watch television, you tube a movie or anything on a screen that pertains to corrections. It does not have to be an entire show. In fact, a two minute snippet is best.
  2. Student will prepare a coversheet with the following elements:
    - Student name and course
    - Date
    - Title of item watched
    - What it was watched on
    - Was it believable overall (according to their experience)
    - What parts seemed like corrections and what did not
  3. Student turns this in to instructor and delivers a report orally.
  4. Students may either show the clip or describe it.
Be prepared, instructors! You may get a 30 minute, comprehensive presentation with a lengthy deconstruction. You may get a five minute cartoon that is not connected to corrections by any stretch of the imagination and with no explanation for the student but a blank stare. Believe me, I have seen both. And in almost all cases, parts of the students’ personalities show through.

TV Time is a great way for pre-professionals to give their opinion of corrections operations as portrayed in the media.

Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence". The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.

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