Monday Success: A Day in the Life

Oct 19, 2015 by

The Monday Success story this week is provided by my book co-author Don McMahon.

“One of the things I do at the start of the year is have my students take a picture every twenty minutes throughout a normal day to capture “A Day in the Life.” They set up reminders on their phones, and I use Remind ( to send them prompts.

Then they take all the photos and make a music video of their life by either choosing one song or editing in multiple songs—it is up to them. I start by showing them how to do it on Movie Maker and iTunes, but there are also other apps they have found that make this process very simple.

We then compare times, activities, and attitudes throughout our days and talk about the habits, cultures, traditions, and such that are present within our classroom. It is a great way for us all to get to know each other and for them to understand that different perspectives are encouraged in our class. Another big bonus is it lets me really get to know the students better at the start of the year. Maybe most important, the kids really enjoy it, too.”

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