Today's post is another #waybackwhen from the time I started recording videos for my lessons. As I matter of fact, I believe this one was the first one ever. One of the things that I love about teaching is the ability to play with that fine line between fiction and reality when designing lessons. Making videos like the one below can help incorporate those elements of magic and humor, to help create memorable experiences.
I remember this lesson fondly because of that reason. I made the video based on a campaign of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company at the time. It was an introduction to a lesson where students would share the videos they created as part of their culminating assessment (Integrated Performance Assessment), to then vote on their favorite ones (peer feedback). I will never forget how when the video finished playing, all the students in that eight grade class looked at me and said: "Really?!"..."Seriously?!" It was a teacher-student moment. It was a kind of a good inside joke of sorts that strengthen our bond.
So I encourage you to look for opportunities to use humor and create some magic in your lessons. For more information on this particular unit click on Viajando por Puerto Rico .