In one of Edutopia’s latest posts, “Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice,” an instructor speaks about the benefits of recording himself teaching every once in a while. It helps him improve his teaching abilities and gain the perspective of an audience member. His main takeaways include the following:
- You may not realize you call on specific students more often than others.
- Provide enough time between asking a question and allowing students to think and answer. The author’s research found that instructors, on average, “provided .7 to 1.5 seconds of wait-time for students after asking them a question…The research also found, however, that providing at lease 3 seconds of wait-time tended to have a positive impact on both the students and the teachers” (“Record Yourself”).
- You can see if you move around in the class enough to keep students engaged and attentive to the lesson.
- You might not notice what your students are doing while you’re lecturing. They may be far more distracted than you realize!
Gaston_teach. “Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice.” Edutopia. The George Lucas Educational Foundation, 15 Sept. 2015. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.
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