Top-10 Video Countdown

Tune in all week as we rank the Top-10 most popular classroom videos from the school’s YouTube channel. Videos were ranked by the number of views this year. Today we unveil the #4, #3 & #2 videos in our countdown!

4. Kindergarten Author Study

Through class literature study and free reading at home, kindergarten students are exposed to a number of different authors and genres. Each kindergartener selects an author, gathers biographical information about the author, and shares a presentation with the class. These oral presentations can last between two to four minutes and are a milestone in the kindergarten experience at Powhatan. “Some students make posters as visual aids, some will dress up as a character from their favorite book, and it is fun to see the different types of creative presentations the students come up with,” says Mrs. Lucas, a kindergarten teacher.

Not to be overlooked is the confidence that is instilled in these young learners when they complete their Author Study presentation. “It’s a huge accomplishment and you can see the self confidence growing as they overcome this challenge,” continues Mrs. Lucas.

“Research tells us that more than 80% of Americans indicate that speaking in public is their number one fear in life,” continues Mrs. Lucas. “So for these students to become comfortable with getting up in front of a group at such a young age is a massive boost to their self-confidence in school and life. Obviously you have to practice and practice and practice, but over time it really builds their confidence. It’s extremely empowering.”

3. Merge Cubes: Augmented Reality

In this video, Mrs. Miller explores a cross-curricular activity that combined math with Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Upper School geometry students were studying the concepts of scale, proportion, and 3-dimensional shapes and they put their skills to the test by creating massive AR Merge Cubes to be used by kindergarteners!

2. Upper School Retreat

One of the oldest and most enduring traditions, Powhatan held it’s 37th Upper School Retreat at Camp Rim Rock in West Virginia. A wonderful event that encourages teamwork and collaboration through two days worth of fun and challenging events, it is an experience that bonds classmates and teachers alike and is one of the important milestones in the Upper School.

Find out which video tops our list tomorrow!!!

In the time period from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, our YouTube page videos received approximately 79,1518 views for a total of 93,258 minutes watched. These include new and previously created videos. During that same time period, we created a total of 45 videos ranging from experiences in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Stay tuned all week long as we release the Top-10 countdown of the most viewed videos from the past academic year!