Teaching by filming

FILMED: 57 Films Producer James Moody, Teachers Jenna Edwards, Stevie-Anne Smith, Natasha Fiedler and Cinematographer Isaac Walgos.
FILMED: 57 Films Producer James Moody, Teachers Jenna Edwards, Stevie-Anne Smith, Natasha Fiedler and Cinematographer Isaac Walgos.

Students and teachers from Samartian College were recently filmed as part of the creation of professional development videos.

The videos aim to help teachers looking for support and generate achieve positive learning outcomes for students. Three classes were filmed on the day – Reception, Year 4/5, and Year 6.

Leading Learning Consultant Adrian Dilger said around six key teachers at Samaritan College were professionally developing other teachers.

“What’s been great here is that the teachers have jumped on board and are quite happy to have other people come and observe them,” he said.

“It’s only through reflective practice that you’re going to improve what you’re doing in the classroom. We’ve been trying to develop sustainability within the school.”

Teachers being filmed employed a specific lesson structure in the classroom, made up of three components.

“There’s a warm up at the start which gives the kids some idea about what they might be doing in the lesson and an open investigation where the students are asked questions by the teacher and develop at their own rate,” Mr Dilger said.

“At the end we bring it all together in an orchestration where students get to share their work and come up with some general conversation about it.

“So we’re looking at those components of the lesson and the questions that the teacher raises.”

So far it’s had some positive effects, with students participating showing improvement in their NAPLAN results.

“The other good result is that there’s been a much more positive approach to numeracy in the school. The teachers and the students seem more engaged in maths,” Mr Dilger said.

Local Teaching Learning Coordinator Jenna Edwards said over the past three years the school has seen improvement in learning outcomes for students.

“It’s given our school some exposure and reinforced the good work that all of our teachers have been doing,” she said. 57 Films were involved in production.