Back in 2007, I had an idea how to enhance my classroom, and do a little something extra for our school.
We had a camera, a cord, a TV, and a connection to our school's closed circuit TV system, and that was it! We started out small, but have grown in size each year to our current system that we have going.
For instance, at the present time, we have a computer that allows us to put all sorts of graphics, text, video ... you name it ... for our little 8 to 10 minute "show" put on to show our entire elementary school.
The neatest thing about it all... I teach the students how to run it all themselves.
Now granted, they have to be nominated by their classroom teacher (any student grades K-4 is eligible), and they need to fill out an application correctly to be considered.
THEN, they have to go through an interview with me, and then I "hire them" for their position on our crew. I like to call it putting them on the "right seat of our bus." (Thanks to Jon Gordon and his book The Energy Bus)... check it out... it's fascinating.
This year, we have hired 52 students to run our show, and it has been a hit already!
Each year, I learn a little bit more about how to organize it, and this year is no different. For instance, we are phasing in about 4 to 5 students per day so that we don't have all 52 working at once. (I've learned that establishing a good base of students at first is critical.)
When we are fully implemented, we will have 5 or 6 teams of students that will be learning, communicating, teaching, bonding, and genuinely having fun each and every morning.
Sometimes, I just sit back and watch in amazement at what they are capable of doing.
It's hard not to just "jump in" and solve the problem of that particular day, but I try to teach them that:
"It's not IF something goes wrong... it's WHEN... and how we handle it."
Isn't that what life is about, anyway?