Describe and discuss one or two elements from the Bates chapter that allowed you to think deeper about your past or present teaching.
Recorded lectures and YouTube developed in the 2000s and served to support that oral communication remains as strong as ever.
In the UK, I was Head of English and Media Studies. The newly revamped curriculum caused controversy across the nation as students had to memorize 15 poems, sit closed book exams and the 3 exams were 3 hours each. Needless to say, there was a LOT of reading happening every lesson. This was both physically and mentally draining for both students and teachers alike. As a result students were resistant to ‘read’ more and revise at home. The popularity of YouTube has been phenomenal as an educational tool and I wanted to utilize this in the classroom. We began to record short videos which summarized a poem, or key text, and outline the ‘top 10’ learning points in preparation for the exam. To break up lessons, set as revision or to give our own voice a break, these videos were used. This then evolved to students making their own YouTube revision materials and podcasts. It amazed me how the exact same information that I could have said in class was received so differently because students could access it at their own pace. As I move forward with teaching in Canada, and am more confident with being seen and heard on screen, I would like to take this a step further and begin recording aspects of online lessons/ summary overviews to support the non-school attenders. This would continue to support the importance of oral communication and allow technology to communicate learning further. Technology is evolving and I am genuinely excited about the prospect of being able to create recorded lessons and assign them on Google Classroom to further support teaching and learning.