Adventures in Video

Today my heart did little happy smushes in my chest. This was because one of my teachers brought me a little tin full of tasty brownie muffin things and said, “This is just to say thank you from our grade level.” 


I would have taken a picture, but I was too busy shoving tasty brownie muffin things in my face. Hence the happy little smushes in my heart. However, this did not exactly help me with the next problem: the problem of seeing myself on camera.

I don’t know anyone who likes to see themselves on camera. Oh, sure, there are some ego-manicas out there who maybe like to see what they look like + ten pounds, but most people I know spend a lot of time avoiding camera footage including themselves.  

But tomorrow, I am going to deliberately film myself 

I say film as if I am using a fancy camera and not the ‘flip video’ provided me

doing a guided reading lesson with a group of kids. I’m giving a Guided Reading training on Friday, and I figure the best way to learn it is to see it happen with kids! In order to have the best video possible (the one in which I look the skinniest), I did a little pre-filming filming. Meaning, I took a video so I could figure out the best way to take a video.

I worked with these kids (three special dumplings) yesterday, so we could go through the routine of guided reading and establish some basic principles. These included…

-when I say to point at something, point at it.
-while I say something, wait until I’m done saying it to say what you want to say
-when I say read, ………. wait for it ……….. read.

This was the training portion for the kids. But upon reviewing the video, I came across a few issues that I think I will have to address before making my real video. These included…

– Wearing sleeves. No one needs to see that.
– Choosing a blouse more carefully so as to hide my side rolls.
– Lowering my guided reading table. It’s incredibly high for my short little torso.
– Not looking down. It creates additional chins.
– Learning how to speak without a lisp. Self-explanatory.
– Being smarter. 

And last but not least, putting a sign on the door that says, “Recording in progress.” Hopefully this will eliminate the voice-over from my K-2 buddy shouting, “Are you EVER gonna go to lunch?! Is this the SAME group as before?!”

So I have my work cut out for me.
I’ll let you know how it goes.

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