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Video ga-ga

Posted on: July 15, 2020

Whenever I think that a bad teaching practice has gone the way of the dodo, I get a reminder that dinosaurs still roam the planet.

Note: The dodo is an extinct bird and birds evolved from at least one line of dinosaurs. So Jurong Bird Park is a modern version of the movie Jurassic Park. Ok, enough of this ornithology lesson.

I thought that teachers indiscriminately using YouTube videos has been taught and modelled out of existence. Sadly, I have observed lessons and reviewed plans in which teachers assume that showing a video means they do not have to teach.

This is a reminder about any lesson that incorporates videos: A video does not teach; it should support or enable teaching behaviours. If a video can teach effectively, you do not need the teacher.

If teachers want to make themselves expendible, they can. If they want to reinforce their worth, they might use videos to provide context or insights, seed discussion among learners, or highlight takeaways or mistakes.

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