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
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.