I have a confession to make—I'm a social media junkie. I had to go through a 12-step program to cure my Facebook habit. I had a short relapse, but I was able to kick it again. I tried Twitter years ago, but that just wasn't for me. Pinterest is just straight up evil. I've planned two weddings, a total remodel of a home, and a trip to Hawaii. None of these things is ever going to happen, but Pinterest has robbed me of about 400 hours of time that I put into these nonexistent projects. Instagram is one of those things that I can take or leave.
These days YouTube is my social media platform of choice. I've watched hours of Shane Dawson and Grav3yardgirl videos. I've watched videos on Retail Espionage. I have a strange fondness for videos of families with umpteen children. I've watched hair and make-up videos galore, yet I rarely wear make-up and my hair routine takes 3 minutes. I've watched hundreds of Stitch-Fix unboxings. Now you know all my dirty little secrets. But wait, there is one more. While I love to watch other people's videos, I cannot stand to see myself in pictures or videos. I am not of the "selfie" generation. I'm of the "hide anywhere you can to avoid being photographed" generation.
But the jig is up. Last year as part of our Professional Development plan all Teachstone CLASS Specialists were supposed to video, review, and submit a portion of one of our trainings every month. Then one of our team members would watch the video and provide us with feedback. The thought of filming myself and then sharing with a team member was hard enough, but the thought of having to watch myself on video and reflect, well that just put me over the edge. I wasn't very successful with my video submissions last year and I needed a plan for 2019.
As usual, when I have a problem, I decide to worry about it later. I felt the need to relax and watch a little YouTube. While I was watching a YouTube video of a mother of ten children share her grocery haul, I had a revelation. Or something like that. How do these YouTube influencers do this? How do they crank out these videos two to four times per week? How is it that they seem so natural and at ease? And that's when the idea hit me. Maybe they get used to it because they do it every day. Could I overcome my fear of filming and watching myself by actually doing it on a daily basis?
The new year always brings with it fresh resolutions. And mine is a doozy. I'm resolved to getting a grip on this video phobia that I have. I am challenging myself to a 30-day Video Challenge. What is a 30-Day Video Challenge? Well, I'll tell you. I'm going to video myself for at least 10 minutes every day for 30 days. And every day I have to watch the previous day's video. I have two goals that I hope to achieve by doing this. First, I want to overcome my fear of the camera and seeing myself as others do. And second, I want to learn how to better use the camera on my phone for video purposes.
Are there any brave souls out there that would like to join me in my 30-Day Video Challenge? I know a lot of you video yourself on a regular basis already. Was it hard for you at first? How did you overcome your fear? Or were you a natural from the start?
Receive timely updates delivered straight to your inbox.
As an educator, you’re busy. Your time is being split by competing priorities, from managing students’ needs, meeting your program’s goals, and communicating with parents. While you’re juggling your work, it can be difficult to keep learning about important ways to improve your daily teaching practice. Teachstone is here to help!
How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? I posed that question to a random selection of contacts via text message. What did I discover? Everyone in my sample group spreads on the PB first, then the J. There are a variety of ways though to apply the jelly, but in my random group, the jelly always comes second.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches make me think about Behavior Guidance, a dimension in the CLASS® toddler observation tool. Especially the first two indicators of behavior guidance: proactive and supporting positive behavior. Proactive is the peanut butter! It goes first. That layer of peanut butter is the base for the jelly, which promotes positive behavior.
We’re closing out our celebration of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child with Family Friday. We have revamped this post from spring 2020 a little to reflect the changes that have happened since last April, but as many families have learned this year, classic activities are classics for a reason. Please enjoy these ones with your young child, and remember - the love, support, and work you’re putting into them will change the world.