Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Keep Calm: Part Two

So, it's over.  The video of my lesson was played to the faculty at my school.  
The good news is that, instead of the scarily public way I had imagined it would all play out in the cafeteria, the administrators broke us up into small groups to watch it and discuss.  In my room were the {10} third grade teachers, the {over 10} special area teachers, and the principal. 
The bad news is that, while an email this morning informed us that there would be two videos played, they were really just two videos of me.  The lesson was cut into two segments.  
The teachers were all given a handout that had three sections: Student engagement, ESOL strategies, and Higher-Order Thinking.  Then there were places to write Teacher Actions and Student Actions for each section. 
The video wasn't as bad as I had feared. (Well, my hair was frizzy and my shirt was a little bit tucked in in the back...but, oh well...)  While my students were way too camera shy and didn't show everyone their full potential, the lesson really did share several cool strategies in a short amount of time. And, even better, the teachers got really excited about using the strategies!  Some of them, whom I'd spoken with before today about where the ideas come from, have already started implementing some things! 
Praise God for.... everything.  

My face was pretty close to this color...


  1. Yay! Way to go! I'm proud of you, lady. Want to share your video with my school? ;)

  2. Tara, I think it's fantastic that you had the opportunity to share with your fellow teachers, staff, and administration. I'm so glad it went so well! I'm sure my teachers would also benefit from a video/training from you too :)

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