I spend a lot of time in our Video Library, looking at the many ways teachers interact with children effectively. I’m always struck by how present effective teachers are as they respond to children and promote their development! As we prepare the new Infant Video Library—40 strong examples of effective interactions—I teared up many times witnessing the tender nurturing of children’s development. I am so impressed with the teaching I see!
I sat down with Chris Patrick, Teachstone’s Video Content Manager, to learn more about how Teachstone finds such great video. He explained that he’s always on the lookout for stellar classrooms with outstanding teachers that represent a diversity of educational settings. His goal is to capture a realistic, “day-in-the-life” representation of the classroom. After filming, reviewers watch hours of footage to select key moments that tell a story, whether a short one for the Video Library, or a longer segment for coding.
Chris has a vision for expanding the Video Library to include the ability to search by indicator and behavioral marker, new exemplars to demonstrate particularly challenging indicators, and enhanced library featuring videos of mixed effectiveness, and adding in videos to support coaches in their work with teachers. I’m excited about all these initiatives, particularly the searchable feature, which will help me find just the right video to explain a CLASS indicator.
Is there anything you’d like to see in the Video Library? Let’s hear from you—we’re always looking for more ideas!
When I first learned about CLASS Group Coaching—a training for early childhood professionals about building relationships with children—I was more than a little interested. This, I thought. This is what teaching is all about. It seems to be an obvious concept, but once we dig deeper, we are able to identify the whys and hows of our interactions. CLASS Group Coaching allows us to identify the benefits of our classroom relationships with our students and helps us be intentional in our daily practices. It allows us to utilize each moment we have with our students to deepen our understanding of their perspectives and genuinely connect with them as people. It helps us see the world from their view and guide their learning in a way that is relevant to them.
Teachstone continues to fulfill the important role of supporting Spanish-speaking partners who implement CLASS in their programs and communities. In an effort to strengthen our reach to this key base, Teachstone recently hosted a regional conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The regional conference offered several CLASS trainings in Spanish as well as translation services for English trainings. Trainings were held from November 4–8 at the headquarters and facilities of Camera Mundi Inc. Camera Mundi is the largest and most comprehensive provider of products, equipment, materials, and services to the educational sector in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.