Series Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations: Using Video to Reflect on Teaching & Learning

Using Video to Reflect on Teaching & Learning

Lesson Objective: Record classes to help students reflect and improve
All Grades / All Subjects / Growth Mindset


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How did Ms. Paraiso's recording practice evolve over time?
  2. Why does Ms. Paraiso script her class's discussion?
  3. How does using video help both teachers and students reflect on their learning?


  • Private message to Sandra Towers-Halpin

I have not given videotaping in class much consideration in the past. I appreciate what Mrs. P says about being able to look back...the idea that we miss things or forget things. I wonder if she still feels present in the moment...

I think transcribing is wonderful. Having students actually be able to read what they said must be very powerful. It seems like a LOT of work!

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  • Private message to Kevin Tiller

I love the video recording idea. In Physical Education, I have used video quite extensively and can honestly say it is a great teaching tool.

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  • Private message to Craig Rohrbough
The Teaching Channel videos for engaging ELLs were very well presented. In order to respond to a classmate in an appropriate manner, the importance of being a good listener was stressed. Then a response could be crafted from starters indicating agreement, disagreement, need more information, etc. While this was presented for ELLs, this could also be adapted for IEP students to help them to develop better listening and response skills. The videos were scaffolded from very low functioning students to those much higher functioning.
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  • Private message to Sue Allen
I especially love the idea of filming the students so that they can hear how they sound shen reading. I think this is a great way for them to "get it" and make changes based on what they hear. I am not tech savvy so I would like to know what kind of camera is being used and how do you transfer the information to a computer or iPad?
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  • Private message to Thom H Gibson
Super cool to see other teachers doing this. I teach math but am also a filmmaker and am always looking for more opportunities to make short movies. I did one where I talked about an activity I was going to do, filmed how it went, and then reflected on it. Tried to do it in a more cinematic vlog style. Was purposed to give other teachers ideas and be engaging to watch as well.
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  • Using Video to Reflect on Teaching & Learning Transcript

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    Student: Comments, it actually says, "Quit grabbing your collar."

    Using Video to Reflect on Teaching & Learning Transcript

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    Student: Comments, it actually says, "Quit grabbing your collar." The person that was presenting was showing or making signs that they were nervous by playing with their clothes.
    Using Video to Reflect on
    Teaching & Learning
    A Classroom Strategy
    Johanna Paraiso
    12th Grade English Teacher
    Fremont High School, Oakland, CA
    Jo Paraiso: Using video as a strategy means that I as a teacher can also look back at it, at the footage, and pick up on things I didn't get in the moment.
    Student: Because they show us these type of issues, it made them harder for themselves.

    +++ 00:00:27 +++
    Jo Paraiso: I started videotaping a lot about five years ago, when I started blogging. It ended up that footage, recording was really key. I did it when I did the national boards, and there was something about watching myself teaching that was huge. So then I started doing it with students being able to watch themselves when they're presenting, watching themselves in a fish bowl, so they could actually see these learning exercises happening.
    Student: they like the presentation that the person that had emotional and a connection to it--

    +++ 00:01:00 +++
    Jo Paraiso: I used to just put my camera in one spot, and then there was no zoom factor. It would just take the whole group and film it. There was something about that. Then I started moving with the camera and actually zooming in to the students and looking at their facial expressions. It's almost like taking a psychoanalytic approach to even just looking at the footage.

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    Jo Paraiso: So now you get to really use video footage to help a student improve on presentation in ways that are just very individual, very powerful. It's the nuances of their style that you're looking at. But for a teacher, I get this like-- I just get to look at them and focus.
    Student: --the person that had emotional and a connection to it, is--

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    Jo Paraiso: Another part is, I've learned this with my ELL students, scripting it. So I just sit there and I type like a mad fiend. I just type everything they say, down to just the idioms and the er's and the duh and the uh. Them being able to go back and read that type of resource is valuable for just the learning of English.
    Student: I agree with that, but I feel like the judges wanted to learn more about your topic or want to see what more do you know about it?

    +++ 00:02:12 +++
    Jo Paraiso: Teachers are good, but we don't always get everything. So when I can take a Socratic seminar and watch it again, I don't have that great a memory anymore, so I can just look at myself and what I did and it's perfect, just being able to reflect. The camera doesn't lie. It's powerful as a tool.

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