I had heard about this RISE and videoing one's lessons, listened to all the chatter in the staffroom about how the teachers had discovered things they were not aware of and found it intriguing. This soon changed when it was my turn.
I did not have a problem with the camera or videoing my lesson. I was actually looking forward to that as I was keen to see where I could improve. After many years of teaching I am always amazed at how little we know about our own teaching methods. What concerned me was the task or instructions that I would need to follow. Most teachers were filming a small aspect of their lesson. Guided reading, working with small groups. My problem was time and the structure of the lesson. Thanks to Lucy and Pat we managed to talk it through and decided to video the whole lesson and look at my feedback as a whole and not as single aspect.
Who would parter me? As my KLA is quite specific and specialized I was concerned that in order to assist with my development that it would need to be someone that at least knew something about music. When I heard I was partnered with Sally I was both excited and apprehensive. I have always admired Sally in how she interacts with the infants and somehow manages to get their attention and keep them interested and focus without breaking a sweat. Let's face it. Those little ones can be quite intimidating sometimes and when you are six foot tall looking down at those tiny humans it can be quite challenging for both the students and myself. My training and area of comfort is definitely the older students. I was also concerned about how she could assist me in my area of learning. On the flip side how could I possibly assist Sally with her lessons. I have not taught any classroom subjects in years. What do I know ?????
Another challenge was getting a day that we were both at school in order to provide the feedback and connect regarding our lessons - Thank goodness for emails !!!!
As it turned out the partnering was perfect. Sally felt the same way about the older students as I felt about the younger ones. I assisted her in the feedback regarding her guided reading lesson - Who would have thought !!! me = guided reading !!! But the suggestions I made were very well accepted and she received my comments very well. I was very appreciative of her advice for the infants and with strategies on how to settle both myself and them. Overall we looked at my classroom management more so than my lesson content.
This was certainly an experience. One that i'm glad I had Sally to share it with.