So as I begin this process of “zenning” the presentation I wanted to share my thoughts on the process and the product.
Firstly, it took me a long time to think of images that fit what I was trying to say. My old powerpoint or “death by power point” gets all my information across in text heavy slides but it’s there up on the screen, it gives everyone something to look at and it lets me rely on the content rather than the real story. It’s the real story that I want parents to walk away with. It isn’t my degree that’s important or how many procedures I will be teaching the kids in the first week or the dates of the assessments and parent teacher conferences.
The story I want parents to walk away with is knowing who I am as an educator, how I will treat the students in a learning environment and what I believe is important in education today and how I will move my students to being connected learners. That’s the story. Does it come through in the old powerpoint? No. Does it come through in the new one? We’ll see, but I think I am ten steps closer to achieving the purpose of “back to school night”. I will tweak the new version as I see fit before delivering it next year but this process gave me a real start on creating slides that told the story of our classroom rather than bombarding figures, dates and words to parents that can take it away in the form of a handout.
Here is the revamped version: