Any of you who are teachers will understand when I say we educators will do just about anything to keep our students calm and focused the week before any holiday, but most especially the week before Christmas. So, last year I stole an idea (as ALL good teachers do) from Mrs. Kirkpatrick. Using iMovie I gave the students an assignment I call "Christmas Means" podcast.
Basically, they are asked to come up with at least 8 phrases to finish the statement, "Christmas Means..." Then, they find pictures to go with each of the statements, a Christmas song to play in the background and finally they record their voices reading off the statements they came up with.
Some chose to use humor, which was perfectly fine and actually welcomed. Others chose to be serious which was okay, too. As always, some of the results were amazing.
And, as any good teacher does, I worked right along with them, making my own "Christmas Means" podcast. I love this project for several reasons. First, it allows the kids to look deeper inside themselves as to what Christmas really is about to them personally. Second, it allows me a moment of witness to my students about my beliefs and feelings towards the true meaning of Christmas, something I didn't truly appreciate until long into my adulthood. Lastly, it keeps my students focused and calm the last week before Christmas break. Not to mention the majority of them love the project itself because it involves iTunes, their voice and the computer. The only thing they might rather be doing in my class is watching a movie or sleeping, the latter of which is not even an option and the former of which already happened before Thanksgiving and therefore won't happen again this school year.
Anyway, here is my "Christmas Means" podcast, as well as a link to my English 2 blog where you can then link to my students' blogs and see their podcasts. Some of them didn't get to publish to their blogs because the server was down Friday. But keep looking and you'll find a few that did manage to get them published! If you do go look, please leave them a comment. They would love that!
3 years ago