Over the past 5 years I have been modifying my “intro day presentation” every semester. I like where mine is right now, though I am sure it will continue to develop as a change and grow in this profession. Seeing as second semester is about to start, I have been tweaking my presentation once again.
1. About Me
- My approach to education
- What I am involved in at the school
- My interests outside of teaching
2. Developing a Classroom Community
- Working together effectively
- Individual contribution to the group
3. Classroom Structure
- Expectations, Rules and Procedures
- “Learning Environments” (inside and outside the classroom)
4. Hidden Curriculum
- The skills that students develop as a result of being part of this class
Throughout the presentation, I probably use the phrase “learning community” about 100 times; it really is the most central aspect of how I try to establish a climate for learning.
The presentation usually takes 2-3 days to present in its entirety. I don’t believe it is wise to overload the student too much on the first day because what I have to say sets the tone for the rest of the semester. Usually my first few classes involve delivering part of the presentation and allowing the students to become comfortable with each other through some of my favourite ice-breaker activities and name games.
I transferred my Intro Day Presentation to an online presentation tool called Prezi (which is worth checking out.) I really like the software because it gives the students a better sense of the big picture I am striving to convey.
I would love to hear more about how all of you set up your classes in the first few days. What is your “tone”? What activities do you do? What is central to your “intro day presentation”?
This Prezi is best viewed in full screen. Click the play button and then click with your mouse to move through it.
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I Am a Community Organizer