Even so, you lose something in the video format. The students miss a little bit of group-collaboration when it comes to responding to/asking questions...which is a problem easily handled but it can get lonely if its not addressed over a long period of time. As a result, I like to take some time every month or so and actually run a direct instruction lesson. Today was one of those days.
In the Core 12 class, we started talking today about Courtly Love, and the rules of Chivalry. I do have a short 6 minute video on chivalry and the roles of the court, but I felt this was a topic that worked a little better if everyone was on the same page. After presenting the (admittedly ridiculous) social rules of the Middle Ages, students had the chance to talk together and discuss/debate these rules. Check out the Core 12->King Arthur page for the PowerPoint as there are some really outdated rules of society on the list. It was a nice chance of pace and got the students awake a little earlier than normal as this class meets first period which can result in some very quiet students.
Long story short...direct instruction can be ok in short offerings. I doubt I'll do anymore for the rest of the month, but it's good to be back in the "traditional" role for a moment or two.