Four Reasons to Record Your Teaching
- Personalizing learning
is a buzz word right now amongst teachers. Making a video of yourself teaching allows you to do just that. One of the most difficult things about making learning "personalized" is the fact that there is only one of you amongst the whole class of students. You are certainly outnumbered. By making an instructional video, you are freeing up class time to work with individuals or small groups of students that need to head in a slightly different direction. The instruction and task you want the kids to accomplish can all be a part of the video.
- Teach it the way you want it taught.
There are a ton of instructional videos out there, but how many times do you run across one that you wish would have been explained differently. Maybe a video that includes a part that isn't applicable to your students and you really didn't want it in there. Ultimately, if you make your own video, you know what is being taught. You know what content is in there. You know your students' needs and what materials are going to best meet those needs.
- Students take control of learning
. If a student doesn't understand a concept that was to be learned through your video, then that is there own fault. The biggest advantage of video is that the students can pause and move throughout the video to wherever they need to go. My daughter, when she was in kindergarten, learned how to tie her shoes through a Youtube video. It worked great because she was able to watch the video over and over until she had it mastered. At the age of six, she was able to move the video to the parts she needed to make sure she grasped each part. This worked great for her. . .and was a lot less frustrating for me!
- Not all students are present all the time.
Sometimes students are absent. Sometimes they are pulled out for various interventions or other opportunities. Anymore, I hear this complaint from teachers more than any other. It is difficult to teach because not all of the students are there at the same time. So there might be gaps, and a video may work great to fill those gaps. Another option to fill this void would be to just video yourself teaching in front of the whole class. . .which I have an example later where a teacher actually chose to do just that.
With this thought, I went ahead and made a few samples so that teachers could see what it might look like.
Below is a video I made for first graders on how to create your own addition story. I made this using Screencastify and an iPevo Ziggy camera. I taught this lesson like I would have in front of students using real objects. I also asked them to do the same activity with their own objects.