If I walked into your class, what would I see?
Have you ever been asked this during an interview?
When I'm asked, I try and paint a picture in the interviewer's mind so he or she can feel what it would be like to be a student in my classroom. I've also asked similar type questions when I'm interviewing teachers with the hope of getting an authentic glimpse into their classroom. The last thing I want to see, honestly, is the portfolio sitting on the table.
I may have a better option. Digital storytelling.
Why not immediately start the cued-up video or quickly send the link if you are on a Skype interview of your class story to answer the above question?
This course again moves my thinking up an iteration. I thought I had a killer (smaller than most which I know was appreciated) portfolio 20-years-ago and just three years ago when asked why I thought I was qualified for a certain position, I casually pulled out my iPad showing a quick Keynote (mostly images) as to why. It's almost 2015 and I need the next version to answer to the question. A digital story is the answer.
"I realized the importance of having a story today is what really separates companies".
— Blake Mycoskie, CEO of Tom's Shoes
I believe this is true for educators as well. Being able to effectively share your story with a potential employer will set you (and me) apart.
This Animoto video I put together for parents last year during the holidays is a start. Images, short video clips, student work, teacher-student interaction and parent testimonials will be the framework of my class story.
The trick will be keeping it super short. Two minutes is probably the key length. Maybe I'll make two versions: a 3-minute video and a 30-second trailer depending on the purpose and/or stage of the interview process.
I’ll be ready when the next opportunity comes for me to share my story. That is, of course, until the next version is launched.