Over the last month, we have published 2 blogs speaking about student orientation. The 4 Purposes of Student Orientation and What Should be Included in a New Student Orientation program.
I talked about how, for compliance reasons, we must provide the student a ton of information on or before the first day of school. Educators see this and think “how boring!”. I question which side should win? The compliance side or the fun side? And my answer is… both! We have to deliver the content. There is just no way around it. What we have to consider is HOW we deliver the information.
You have to get outside of your box, move away from the traditional lecture and start to think, how can I make all of this content interactive?
Yes, you do have to “lecture” at some point simply to share all of the information, but how you share it isn’t set in stone. Ask yourself, how can I deliver orientation making it more fun and interactive?
Here are 10 ideas for you to try out.
One bonus idea:
You could even do something as simple as playing your favorite industry related movie. Make some popcorn, get some sodas, and watch the movie together.
If you don’t have time for a full movie, consider playing a few clips from different movies. Such as:
Just a quick disclaimer, always watch the videos first and make sure the language is appropriate for your school. We are a professional establishment.
If you are sitting there thinking I could never pull that off, perhaps you are not the one who should be delivering the orientation. But I guarantee you, there is someone on your campus that would love to have some fun with this concept.
You want to let students know exactly what we expect of them. We must identify the behavior that we want to form with our students. If we don’t set expectations, and then let them know what our expectations are, we should never be surprised when they don’t live up to what we expect.
Remember, orientation is more than just telling them about school rules and regulations. You want to introduce your students to the culture of your school.
Too often we feel we don’t have the time to do this. In reality, you don’t have the time not to!
What have you done to make your new student orientations fun?