So I’ve always struggled with the last few days of school for middle schoolers. No final exam to study for, yet I run out of content to keep the kids occupied. So this past school year I posed a simple question to my kids, “What advice would you give future students to prepare them for this class?”

It has enhanced instruction in two major ways for me. First, creating/recording the project helps to engage students on the last week of school with the video making process. It also gave me a really awesome alternative to the dreaded ‘syllabus day.’

I find it to be a much more engaging way to introduce my classroom to a new batch of learners. It also feels like a passing of the torch from one school year to the next, rather than setting an entirely new set of expectations each school year.

If you end up trying this for yourself, let me know how it goes. I’d love to see your creation!

Tools Used…

imovie (compiling, editing, synthisizing)
Adobe Photoshop (graphic stills)
Flip Camera (raw video capture)
Screencast-o-matic (moving screen captures of class website)
Reaper (audio editing)

Source Information…

Songs (In order of appearance):

The XX – Intro
Vitamin String Quartet – Any Way You Want It
CNN Student News Intro Theme (
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
U2 – Beautiful Day
JP Balboa – Memories
James White – 5 Themes of Geography (
They Might Be Giants – The Mesopotamians
String Cheese Incident – Sirens
KLIM beats – Make It Up

Borrowed Video Clips:

Joseph Pelling – Outside The Box (
CNN Student News Episode from 8/13/2013 (


“What You Need To Know” (

“The Knot” that I incorporated into the Tying Up Loose Ends image (