Summer is here! And students’ minds are likely far from the classroom 🏖 . Fortunately, the Screencastify team has helped prepare teachers for summer by sharing ways to build a summer bridge and keep minds active and sharp before returning.
However, teachers’ minds are also staying active as they turn their own focus to the new year.
There are a thousand things teachers want to do before the beginning of the school year to ensure they’re creating the most welcoming environment for students. And while not everything can be done, there are creative ways to ramp up ahead of the new year.
Check out some tips from the Screencastify Squad below!👇
‘What are you excited/nervous about?’ 😬
Getting to know students can be challenging, especially when everyone is new to class and students may be shy about introducing themselves. Try creating a Screencastify Submit assignment that students can do at home or from anywhere before the new year begins! They can introduce themselves and even share what they are excited or nervous about in entering a new environment. Related: Learn how to give students choice and build confidence in the classroom in this episode of EdTech Heroes!
Teachers and support staff intros 🙋
Not only can students introduce themselves, but you can introduce yourself and other classroom support staff and even the principal or other school-wide personnel! Send out a Submit assignment to other faculty for introductions, and edit the videos together with Screencastify Edit and voila, you have a great school-wide intro for students and parents.
Student summer status updates 📢
How about a different take on the student introduction with a Submit assignment which asks them what they’ve been doing over the summer so far? They may be more likely to open up if they have something specific and even fun to talk about.
Classroom and grading policies, supply lists ✍️
The first parent newsletter is packed. It has a list of classroom expectations, grading policies, your own introduction, and likely a supply list for class. Make it more engaging by using Screencastify Record to create a video introduction of policies and anything else you'd like parents to know for the start of school. Send it along with your written intro and parents will feel more prepared for the upcoming year and at-ease in knowing their child's new teacher.
Get questions ahead of the upcoming year 🗓
Students have questions. Parents have questions. You can easily send students and parents a Submit link with an assignment to ask their questions of you before the year even begins. It’s a great way for everyone to be heard and feel comfortable and confident while preparing themselves.
Welcome fellow educators 👋
Screencastify isn't just for getting students and parents ready and excited for the new school year. It's also for preparing your fellow teachers for the new year. Use Record and Edit to welcome back your faculty before they’re officially back!
Prepare everyone for success everyday 💯
While there are countless things to do before the new year, we hope these ideas help make the ramp-up a bit less steep. Be sure to tweet your own ideas for the new year and tag us @Screencastify!