I must admit, even though I have been teaching for a while and knew the purpose of V.O.P- I was still nervous about viewing my V.O.P and showing it to my buddy Tameeka. To model a lesson or be observed was one thing, to view myself in action was uncomfortable to say the least- but sometimes its good to be uncomfortable and step outside your comfort zone because I I learnt from this experience, especially after my reflection with Tameeka, that we are often our own harshest critic. I found reflecting with Tameeka to be liberating and affirming.
When I viewed my V.O.P I seemed to be looking for points of development rather than positives. Tameeka really helped me see things that were working well.
After discussing our reflections we discussed the purpose of why we chose to record the lesson that we did. It was interesting to hear that we selected an area that we wanted to develop and weren't sure if what we were already doing was on the right track. Knowing this, I believe that it helped us give constructive and purposeful feedback and then discuss ideas that we could try as a result.
Tameeka helped me to see that I could use strategies that I have been using in English and transfer it across to Maths such as oral language. I was concerned that I talked too much in my small group instruction and that I was prompting answers with big clues because I was unsure if the children understood the concept. Tameeka and I discussed how beneficial it would be if the children had the opportunity to teach a buddy- this would require them to use the language as well as know the content. Such a simple strategy but effective.
Tameeka became an invaluable resource. Working with her offered me another lens of the teaching world.