Welcome to Our World

Use student created video messages to welcome new families to our community.

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Joining a new school can be a scary experience, especially for elementary grades. Who are these kids, what's the lunch room like, what should I know to help me make it through my day that they don't tell me in the office. Who better to explain a day in the life of a student, than the students! Teams of students, or student leaders can help create a welcome video for the school. While I haven't helped organize this project in real life, I would imagine a separate video for each grade level. The students could  highlight the parts of the school such as: 

  • the route from the doors to that grade level section
  • features of rooms in that grade level 
  • a run down of their daily schedule 
  • interviews of students in that grade about why their grade is fun 
  • how they get to the lunchroom/recess 
  • specialists 
  • special grade level features 

Videos could be emailed to families or shared on school websites. 

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I've helped organize as well as witnessed a number of projects where students share their learning or experiences with other students; sometimes it's students in the same grade, sometimes they share with other grades in the school. In general, kids will listen to their peers more than their teachers. Allowing students to be in the leadership role of explaining the in's and out's of the school gives a personal feel and a unique perspective for new families.

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Photo of Rurik Nackerud

Love this idea. I was doing an interview (kids doing the interview) of an outgoing teacher but I love the idea of kids interviewing each other and celebrating a welcome to our school.

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