Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand . . . what he learns and the way he understands it. Soren Kierkegaard
Miles was right - blogging gold is a comment. Especially a nice one! His comment to my first post went a long way in making me feel more comfortable about the whole thing. I have so much to learn!
When I shared this whole experience with my Grade 9 class (and my reasons for doing so), they confessed that they, too, were nervous about the sharing part. They were especially nervous and shy in that particular class period, as we were going to have the viewing party of their "Show Me" videos. My students explained that just as how I was feeling nervous about what people would write, they were feeling nervous about how their peers would respond to their videos. They pointed out that it would be more of challenge for everyone to be a kind audience, as they wouldn't be looking at people's faces. These students continue to impress me with their insights.
We agreed that after each video that we would give three positive comments to the video-creators. They were so kind with one another, and they gave terrific feedback. it was such a positive class, and it was great for team building. I hope to remember to do this each time we present in this way.
Now, I realize that on the SAMR scale ( I think that it is what it is called), that I am at the beginning stages...I am replacing the blackboard presentation with the "Show Me" presentation. I am feeling good about things, as we all have to start somewhere. I am moving forward with my students, and we are taking risks together.
My students told me how these videos were a great improvement...a real "upgrade", so to speak. Here is a list of what some of them had to say about why they liked this better than simply presenting at the board:
1. I was able to practice and rehearse what I was going to say.
2. I was able to redo my presentation when I stuttered the first time around.
3. I will be able to go back and hear the solutions again this evening at home.
4. I found it way more entertaining to view the videos than to listen to someone at the board.
And, my favourite...
5. In the old way, only 8 people were presenting (1 for each question). By doing making the "Show Me" videos the way that we did, everyone is involved and has something to present.
I love it!
I am looking forward to our next adventures...we have started to connect with people on twitter. Vi Hart tweeted to them, as a matter of fact...and that was all VERY exciting! I will save that for a future posting.