Out There

I have noticed that, as we talk more about the use of video, as we all summon our courage to share with probably only 30 people who read this blog regularly of about 80 who are currently subsribers, we discuss theory and research less and less.
Have you noticed? Whenever we talk about the nitty gritty of classroom teaching, we don’t get into theory. We get into practice. I really like saying that because we are not theorists or researchers, we are practitioners who walk the walk every day instead of talking the talk by standing on our feet in our classrooms in front of kids, something many people who consider themselves brave could or would never do, I won’t mention any names.
This is significant. We are putting ourselves out there. And now I am asking for us to put ourselves even further out there. Way out there. Could your principal do what we do? Would he do the hard research and training to be able to get to where all of us someday want to get?
Probably not, because why do people become principals? I am not getting into that, but I think that the reason most of us are having careers that will always stay firmly planted in classrooms is because we feel that that this is the best opportunity for service work. I don’t know any teachers who stay in classrooms over years who don’t have some degree of an element in them that wants to be of service to others, those less fortunate, and kids are certainly that in our society.
Enough research discussions, which is another reason for the privacy of the blog. Time to dig in and get to work. The school year is here and we will have much better years ahead of us if we work together as per this article:
Speaking of research discussions on this blog, the talk-talk-talk about the value of TPRS, you may remember that time about a year and a half ago when we got into a discussion about the value of TPRS – for the last time – with two university professors, one of whom I kicked off the blog because it was the right thing to do. She was taking us away from our work, discussing things we were through discussing years ago.
Those days are over. Let’s get to work. Send in your video. Don’t worry about editing it or just do some minor edits to save our time in looking at them, like I did in the video I posted yesterday so you wouldn’t see all the excessive use of English I did which, on video, comes across for what it is – bullshit. Yeah I cut out about five minutes of useless use of the overexplaining variety of English Let’s get to work.



4 thoughts on “Out There”

  1. Hey, you guys probably went over this already, but how does it work, putting videos with students in them on the internet? Do the parents have to sign off?

  2. Drew’s video only showed the teacher. while Angela’s did show the students, but only from behind. Drew certainly, and Angela probably. took no legal risk. Also, getting signed authorization from parents is aways worth a try.

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