Making the Most of Field Experiences with Video

Teacher candidates receive targeted feedback on their fieldwork, practice self-reflection, and become lifelong learners with Teachscape video solutions.

See how Gwynedd Mercy University’s School of Education helps students make the most of field experiences with Teachscape video solutions:

Challenge: Getting valuable field experience

Teacher candidates who have meaningful field experiences make a much smoother transition to full-time teaching. Yet the obstacles providing quality field experiences are all too familiar—from sourcing placement opportunities to getting university supervisors and students to the school, especially in remote locations.

Solution: Record teaching & share

To make the most of the field experience, teacher candidates can record themselves teaching with video. This lets university supervisors and other faculty members review student teaching performance any place, any time. They can provide targeted feedback to students and track their growth without transportation or logistical roadblocks.

Video also eliminates the inhibiting influence of the supervisor’s physical presence on the classroom. Video capture devices continue to get cheaper, smaller, and more powerful. They’re less invasive, and a lot easier to use.

Result: Lifelong learners

Ultimately, video enables candidates to develop the essential habit of self-reflection. It may feel jarring at first, but learning how to self-reflect during field experiences with video sparks a cycle of continuous inquiry and improvement they will carry forward into their own classrooms.

Resources

10 strategies for using video