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.
What 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.