Tips and tools from an elementary school Literacy Coach
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Adventures in Video
Today my heart did little happy smushes in my chest. This was because one of my teachers brought me a little tin full of tasty brownie muffin things and said, "This is just to say thank you from our grade level."
I would have taken a picture, but I was too busy shoving tasty brownie muffin things in my face. Hence the happy little smushes in my heart. However, this did not exactly help me with the next problem: the problem of seeing myself on camera.
I don't know anyone who likes to see themselves on camera. Oh, sure, there are some ego-manicas out there who maybe like to see what they look like + ten pounds, but most people I know spend a lot of time avoiding camera footage including themselves.
But tomorrow, I am going to deliberately film myself
I say film as if I am using a fancy camera and not the 'flip video' provided me
doing a guided reading lesson with a group of kids. I'm giving a Guided Reading training on Friday, and I figure the best way to learn it is to see it happen with kids! In order to have the best video possible (the one in which I look the skinniest), I did a little pre-filming filming. Meaning, I took a video so I could figure out the best way to take a video.
I worked with these kids (three special dumplings) yesterday, so we could go through the routine of guided reading and establish some basic principles. These included...
-when I say to point at something, point at it.
-while I say something, wait until I'm done saying it to say what you want to say
-when I say read, .......... wait for it ........... read.
This was the training portion for the kids. But upon reviewing the video, I came across a few issues that I think I will have to address before making my real video. These included...
- Wearing sleeves. No one needs to see that.
- Choosing a blouse more carefully so as to hide my side rolls.
- Lowering my guided reading table. It's incredibly high for my short little torso.
- Not looking down. It creates additional chins.
- Learning how to speak without a lisp. Self-explanatory.
- Being smarter.
And last but not least, putting a sign on the door that says, "Recording in progress." Hopefully this will eliminate the voice-over from my K-2 buddy shouting, "Are you EVER gonna go to lunch?! Is this the SAME group as before?!"