Tools for using video in the classroom
Be specific about instructions when watching videos to encourage active viewing.
Ask students to:
- Jot down a reflection when an even occurs
- Raise their hand during a specific event or quote
- Be prepared to respond to a specific prompt at the end of the video
- Talk about what active viewing looks like
Augment the video by:
- Pause the video and asking specific questions
- Check for understanding
- Do you guys check that out? What does that mean?
- Pausing the video and ask students to talk about what just happened with a partner
- Not 10-minute just a quick 2-minute conversation
- Playing the video twice and explain that you will be watching it twice
- For short videos
- Hiding the video and only showing the audio of the footage
- Listen to this artist and tell me what you think the work looks like
- Turning off the audio……
- What do you think they are saying?
Over time I have accumulated sentence stems for talking to students about their art.
- Tell me about… (the drawing)
- vs. What do you need help with…
- have students explain the story of the work
- Tell me more…
- A follow up for “tell me about”
- or Give me some more details….
- have students tell you about their vision for an artwork
- Tell me about the idea….
- vs. tell me about the project
- What would happen if…..
- I noticed that…
- One thing I’m thinking about…
- Honors students work and ideas
- Tell me about the steps you took to get here…
- have students walk you through
- Follow up with… tell me about what you were thinking when you started the project
- WHO… are these people
- WHEN… did this take place
- WHERE… is this taking place?
- How does that make you feel…
- Requiring students to defend their work
- This looks like… some artist
- Does not get anywhere
- Does not honor the things they are thinking about
- Yes or no questions
Yoga in the classroom may sound overwhelming but taking a break during class to stretch or breath is accessible, calming, and works! In high school, it relaxes students and in elementary school, it becomes a ritual that calms down excitement before moving to a new activity.