I am thinking about making a welcome video to send to my students.

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First, I must say that I need to start going to bed earlier.  It never fails, I end up staying up late right before the school year is about to begin, but not at the beginning of the summer.  If I want to stay up late, I have one week left.  After that, it is time to get back on a regular schedule.  Our first meeting is on the 11th.

Most likely, I will post the video on vimeo and share the link with the students to watch before our first class.

FACT:  I only know what a few of my students look like.

I work at an online school, so I work at home, except for meetings.  Last year, I never met most of my students, in person anyways. The few that I did meet looked completely different from what I had imagined in my mind.   I wanted to stare at them and soak in their faces so the picture in my head would transform.  I had some pretty fantastic students in 6th grade last year that I am really looking forward to having again this year!

FACT:  Most of my students haven’t met me.
Where did I meet some of my students?

At the office and/or while proctoring CRT tests.  Last year, I had a few pictures on my website, and turned on the camera sometimes during class.  Typically I only came on camera when the students asked me to, but there were a few days where I surprised everyone.  I did not come on every day.  I don’t mind being on camera, but I become very aware of what I am doing, which is distracting.

Why Am I Thinking About Making a Welcome Video?

The video will give my students a chance to see me.  They loved it when I came on camera last year, but there audio and video don’t sync properly.  There is no lag if I post the video on a website (unless they have internet like at my parent’s house in the country).

I know that some students will be really excited to see me in action. Hopefully the video serves its purpose, making the students feel a little more comfortable and welcome.

I will make sure my office is in good shape so that I can record the video there.  Currently the condition clean, but I am trying to add more items to it. Today and yesterday, I cleaned the perimeter of the garage, where I have tons of school supplies, books, etc. from my classroom. Most of them are still out there… just  a little neater.  Some of these items are moving to my office.

I am thinking about putting up posters on the walls of my office.  I have them, and I have no idea what to do with them. Storing them on the walls might be the answer.  The room needs re-painted from the previous owners, so putting a few holes in the wall isn’t a big deal.

I am considering donating the school supplies… what am I going to do with them?  Maybe I can give them to students at the office somehow.

I can’t believe it has taken me a year to deal with the mountain of stuff from my classroom that has sat in my garage. Now when I open my garage door I don’t have to cringe, thinking that neighbors are looking at my piles of stuff, and secretly judging me.  The amount of money that I spent on all of this stuff is insane!

I know from making flipped videos last year, students don’t like to watch long videos, so I don’t feel the need to make it very long. 2 minutes tops.  Just a hello and a bit about me and about what to expect in class.  It will include any necessary excel documents (a calendar of topics, and 7th grade common core resource) and a PDF with information, such as when to get help.

I am feeling really good about this idea. Maybe I will suggest it to some colleagues.

Now that I wrote it down, I will remember it, so it is time to follow through.  Pictures coming soon.

What do you think?  Would you watch a welcome video from a teacher?  Would you make one?

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