One way teachers can support students and one another is through pre-recorded mini lessons for their instruction. Asynchronous learning & a flipped classroom model might not fit every scenario, but we consider it a strong option as we think about school in fall 2020 and beyond.
In this blog we will:
- Show you 1 recorded reading lesson
- Highlight 2 Tech Tools for recording
- Outline benefits of pre-recording your lessons.
Watch a recorded reading lesson! Click below!
Tech Tools for Recording Lessons
1. FlipGrid: Many teachers are using this to help them collaborate with their students. The "Shorts" feature is where you can upload Mini Lesson videos for your students to access.
2. Loom: We love the extension that is built right into your browser and how as a participant you can pause and comment or like particular moments. Even the least tech savvy of us have been able to use it, so we think you can learn it too! :)
But why pre-record? What are the benefits?
1. Lessons become short, explicit & robust
Recording your lessons helps make sure your lessons are short, your teaching point is crystal clear and you are modeling precisely what you want students to be doing. We have found that recording lessons actually helps teachers refine their practice.
2. Teachers can prepare.
Recorded lessons allow teachers time to get materials ready, eliminate distractions and focus on the teaching point!
3. Kids can go at their own pace.
When you are recording, think of times when you would want your students to pause and say it right in the lesson! It will help give kids time to think and apply the skill.
4. It's collaborative & fun!
Also, we know that teachers can be so nervous about seeing themselves on screen. But these videos don't have to be perfect or super polished. Be silly and take risks. What a great way to model for your students your love of learning.
Remember: It's okay to have lessons that fall apart. Tacos fall apart.
We still love them.