Each school year I do a video to show on the first day. It's a video introduction to the class, explains expectations and rules. The first video I produced this year is the "Expectations Video." I wanted to post it here and get some reaction before I put it in the can.
I'm also working on the rules video and the video that explains my World History class and how it will function. Those will be done this week. I am excited to have these finished well in advance of the first day this year. Too often I'm editing a video to prepare for the NEXT day and that is just crazy. It takes far too much work.
Of course, having Aidan in my videos is always a lot of the fun. He's crazy. But, it is far more effective to have Aidan explain classroom rules and expectations to the kids than it is for me to stand up there and say it. What happens by 7th period on the first day of school? The kids have heard the same lectures about rules and procedures all day long from each teacher. It ends up sounding like Charlie Brown's teacher. Plus, this helps to save my voice and it delivers the expectations and rules in a very consistent format. And on top of all of that, I can post it on my website for the rest of the year. It is a wonderful way to explain the class to parents.
What do you think?
2010 Expectations WH 1stDay from Mr. Duez on Vimeo.
This is a short video clip that explains classroom expectations in World History for 2010-2011.