1. Using video has brought a collaborative partner, Andrew Thomasson, who has made me a better teacher and made nearly everything you've read on this blog in the last month possible. We will be team-teaching from across the country this year. We will be doing most of our videos together as well. A few people said to me that my students will know him as well as they'll know me. I think that's awesome. If they don't connect with me perfectly, I've given them another teacher with whom they can connect.
There is no way I could do that in any other way. Process videos, in my opinion, work better with two people so that the thinking is far more apparent through the conversation than it would be in a monologue. For my students, they will get to see two "experts" try, fail, try again, fail again, and support each other. It models many things more powerful than I've ever been able to show my students: how to work with a partner, how to revise as you go, how to explain your thinking, how to push the other person to do better, find a more precise word, and build a better paper.
If I flipped without video, none of that could happen.
But giving my students another teacher, one who complements my weak areas, one who helps to clarify my thinking, and one who makes me excited to be a teacher again. It gives me someone to bounce ideas off on, and to push me farther than I thought I could go. It makes me a far better teacher for my students.
And if I haven't convinced you to use video yet, click here for reason two. And click here to go back to the main post.
And because I'm really, really proud of the work we've done, here is the playlist of all 20 videos in the (completed!) Research Paper series.