Video at Open House
In the fall, we hold a traditional open house for parents, in which they come to school in the evening and meet the teachers by following a shortened version of their child's class schedule. One idea that has worked well for me in my activity-centered classes is to video tape students as they work on a project a few days prior to the open house. As we know, a picture is worth a thousand words, and parents love to see their children on TV. I keep the video quite short (four to five minutes) and make an effort to film every student at least three times. I leave the sound off because I feel safer about what will be on the clip! I narrate the video as parents watch. Parents love it, and I find that the evening is far more relaxing because the focus is on the video and the children, and my presentation doesn’t have to be the center of attention for the whole period.