An Online Tutorial for Novice Teachers
Laura Baecher (Curriculum & Teaching/TESOL)
| Teacher trainees at Hunter participate in the Video Analysis of Teaching project, in which video excerpts of their teaching are stored in an electronic library. Laura Baecher sought to further develop the potential of these video clips by engaging student teachers in a guided online training module. This module was designed to help teacher trainees become more sophisticated in their ability to recognize and describe specific teaching behaviors as they relate to student performance.
Professor Baecher used QuickTime Pro, iMovie and Blackboard to create a self-paced, online tutorial that introduces techniques for observing and analyzing teachers and classes. Through a series of video tutorials and activities, teacher trainees are guided through the process of viewing the same video clip through different lenses--they are asked to reflect on student response opportunities, teacher use of praise, and teacher feedback to student error.
The tutorial is currently being used in ESL751 (Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) to help teacher trainees become more observant and reflective when watching videos of their own teaching. The videos are embedded in the Blackboard course site, which provides additional instructions about how to work through each module. Teacher trainees complete the training module at their own pace outside of class. Professor Baecher has found that completing the training module helps teacher trainees be better prepared for class discussions of video observations. Student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Plans for the future include expanding the number of tasks and making the online tutorial available to all sections of Student Teaching and Practicum in the School of Education.