The last day of classes before Thanksgiving break, I set up my iPhone in an attempt to record some time-lapse footage in each of my classes.  Since middle-schoolers can smell a camera a mile away, there was nothing secretive about my set-up.  My intention was to capture samples of some of the “normal” goings-on in my classroom.  For example, these snippets show how we use a Nearpod “homework review template” to facilitate mathematical discourse, share work efficiently from EVERY student, do a bit of authentic error-analysis, reflection, and as needed, reteaching.

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 12.45.06 AMWhat I didn’t anticipate was just how valuable this simple footage would be for me for reflective purposes.  It was an efficient self-observation.  In mere seconds, I can see habits and patterns in my own practice that could use some improvement.  Was I at the front of the room too much?  Did I circulate to every student group often enough?  Were the students on task?  Was that kid really reading a book long enough for me to notice it in a time-lapse, yet I didn’t even notice in real-time!?!  It’s amazing what seeing your students and yourself on camera can reveal, even in this speedy format.

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3 Responses to Time-Lapse

  1. Hi Cathy,
    Thanks for taking the time to make, edit, and share this with us. As a coach, I’ve found it to be extremely powerful to support the teachers I work with reviewing the video recordings of their teaching. You’ve inspired me to share your blog post as part of this upcoming week’s Global Math Department Newsletter.


    • Cathy Yenca says:

      Hi Andrew,

      … Awesome!

      I remember being “recorded” as a pre-service teacher with a huge, wonky, impossible-to-ignore camera. Having tiny devices with features like “time-lapse” in our pockets makes this type of recording so simple. The tough part… still… is perhaps watching it! 🙂

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