Series: Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations

Using Video to Reflect on Teaching & Learning
Lesson Objective: Record classes to help students reflect and improve
All Grades / All Subjects / Growth Mindset

Thought starters

  1. How did Ms. Paraiso's recording practice evolve over time?
  2. Why does Ms. Paraiso script her class's discussion?
  3. How does using video help both teachers and students reflect on their learning?
This is awesome! How do you get the students ready to watch themselves? I know when I filmed myself for edTPA it was so weird at first, and I focused on little things like my posture and my hair etc. I would worry the students would be even more self conscious when watching themselves. Do you have a way to get them ready for this?
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Your shift from filming the whole scene to filming students in action is powerful. In filming lessons, we get the most valuable information to improve our instruction by focusing on students. Thank you for sharing this great example of using video both for reflective practice, and as a teaching tool with students.
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Thanks for sharing an excellent video about how the students work in the class.
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Great idea! Video can really help students with language. My question is why is the teacher doing the transcription? That's a LOT of work. Why not have the students transcribe their own clips?
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This is great! I especially love the idea of not keeping the camera stationary but moving and zooming in on students as they work. What a great 21st century fish bowl idea!
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  • Using Video to Reflect on Teaching & Learning Transcript

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    Student: Comments, it actually says, "Quit grabbing

    Using Video to Reflect on Teaching & Learning Transcript

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    Student: Comments, it actually says, "Quit grabbing your collar." The person that was presenting was showing or making signs that they were nervous by playing with their clothes.
    Using Video to Reflect on
    Teaching & Learning
    A Classroom Strategy
    Johanna Paraiso
    12th Grade English Teacher
    Fremont High School, Oakland, CA
    Jo Paraiso: Using video as a strategy means that I as a teacher can also look back at it, at the footage, and pick up on things I didn't get in the moment.
    Student: Because they show us these type of issues, it made them harder for themselves.

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    Jo Paraiso: I started videotaping a lot about five years ago, when I started blogging. It ended up that footage, recording was really key. I did it when I did the national boards, and there was something about watching myself teaching that was huge. So then I started doing it with students being able to watch themselves when they're presenting, watching themselves in a fish bowl, so they could actually see these learning exercises happening.
    Student: they like the presentation that the person that had emotional and a connection to it--

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    Jo Paraiso: I used to just put my camera in one spot, and then there was no zoom factor. It would just take the whole group and film it. There was something about that. Then I started moving with the camera and actually zooming in to the students and looking at their facial expressions. It's almost like taking a psychoanalytic approach to even just looking at the footage.

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    Jo Paraiso: So now you get to really use video footage to help a student improve on presentation in ways that are just very individual, very powerful. It's the nuances of their style that you're looking at. But for a teacher, I get this like-- I just get to look at them and focus.
    Student: --the person that had emotional and a connection to it, is--

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    Jo Paraiso: Another part is, I've learned this with my ELL students, scripting it. So I just sit there and I type like a mad fiend. I just type everything they say, down to just the idioms and the er's and the duh and the uh. Them being able to go back and read that type of resource is valuable for just the learning of English.
    Student: I agree with that, but I feel like the judges wanted to learn more about your topic or want to see what more do you know about it?

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    Jo Paraiso: Teachers are good, but we don't always get everything. So when I can take a Socratic seminar and watch it again, I don't have that great a memory anymore, so I can just look at myself and what I did and it's perfect, just being able to reflect. The camera doesn't lie. It's powerful as a tool.


Johanna Paraiso



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Lesson Idea

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