Today with my class I showed a video, and I got a better response than ever before. …Yes, I am new to the teaching gig, but I have tried everything I can think of to get good involvement. I have done well, but nothing has come close to what I got after showing a 58 second clip!
This got me thinking about visual aids. In grade school, I was always more interested when the teacher had a picture or drew on the board. The visual aid that we brought in for the science fair has changed. I know I am behind the times, but I am learning to change too.
I will now attempt to stick a video into this post…
…I am fairly sure that you cannot see that, and I am not sure how to fix it, but I will keep learning. Here is a copy of the url for my “visual aid:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxkHM4DUDKM&NR=1&feature=endscreen
The video… if you saw it… shows a student forgetting things that his teacher has taught him. I made me think about the fact that what we are teaching will be old in four years. We have to teach people to teach themselves. Memory now refers more to RAM than what is used for the Spelling Bee! I want my students (unlike the one in the video) to know why I taught them what I taught them, and I do not want them to forget every word I say (like in the video).