So many times I finish watching a video from our library and find myself trying to capture all of those questions, connections and epiphanies I had while viewing. I reach for a pen, open a new sticky note on my computer, or dash off a scribble in my planning folder. Inevitably I’ll be planning a professional development session or thinking about a classroom lesson and want to reach that - now rogue - thought.
Then I remember our notes feature for videos and realize I can have a time-stamped record. This week I spent time writing notes on three excellent examples of teaching to the Common Core State Standards.
If you already know how notes works, I hope you’ll find my thinking helpful. If you don’t know about notes yet, keep reading for some quick tips.
Take a look at this screen shot of some of my notes. As I watch, I pause the video and add my thoughts.
It’s a great way to pinpoint specific parts of the video—as you can see my notes are time stamped—so I can go right to that spot in the video anytime. You can also share your notes with your colleagues, so it becomes a great way to exchange ideas. (Think specialized social bookmarking here!)
Whether you’re already finding notes useful, or just getting started, I hope these videos—all aligned with the Common Core
—will usher you into another inspired week of teaching!