I find that the days of the last 8 weeks of the school year can be very LONG, but each week seems to pass right by bringing the end of the school year tasks closer and closer.
One of my favorite things to do is take pictures of my students throughout the course of the school year and create a video slideshow of all of those images showing the students in action. It is amazing to see the growth and remember all of the fun and awesome learning that took place during our time together.
If you are wanting to make a video, but are clueless about where to begin, this link will show you the four simple steps…http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows-vista/make-a-movie-in-four-simple-steps
I simply create a video on Movie Maker, make DVD copies, and have them available for parents after our end of the year ceremony. The process takes a bit of time, but it is completely worth it. If you take time to upload images throughout the year, it makes the process so much faster.
The component that I am always wanting to be just perfect is the music. I want songs that are new and the kids love, but are appropriate for the video. Here is the list I have come up with for 2016. Use this list for your video, or just add it to your classroom playlist. Music throughout the school day just seems to make everything better!
The songs all have a great message and appropriate lyrics-two elements that are essential for a successful montage. I take pride in this video because it truly showcases our 6th grade year. I love when my students come back to visit and say, “I watch that video all of the time.” If you are toying with the idea, I highly recommend it. It helps you end the year on such a positive note.
In the meantime, with testing and end of year activities, brain breaks are essentials. Here are a few videos your students might love watching and dancing to…
Happy Friday! May the end of your school year be swift and full of fun!