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?
Reflection is a huge part of my art education pedagogy. Reflecting as a teacher and asking students to reflect on their own understandings.
A very simple reflective practice to use in the art classroom is to continually ask students their definition of art. Asking students this question throughout a course provokes students to mindfully reevaluate their understanding of art and its function in society.
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.
I rarely use lecture style teaching but my college from graduate school gave me this amazing idea! Use bingo!! If you have a dense topic or instruction to deliver in a lesson take keywords from your lecture and turn them into bingo cards!!! This is a great way to keep engagement for a topic that would otherwise be boring.
Again this is another awesome activity I learned first hand at graduate school. This is a great opportunity for students to feel empowered and to build community in the classroom.
- Give students the day before or give them 3 minutes to think of something they can teach a classmate in 2 minutes. Verbalize examples like learning a word in a different language, drawing a specific object, making a paper boat, or a tap dance move.
- Ask the students to move around the room and find someone they do not know very well and then start the clock. At 2 minutes ask the students to switch off the teaching role.
- Ending with a discussion rounds out the activity. Ask students what they learned and how they felt during the activity.