Thursday, November 13, 2008

Video and the Parent-Teacher Conference

WOW! A couple of days ago we had parent-teacher conferences and several of our Hebrew teachers used the videos that they have been making as one way to share their students' progress with the parents. Here are some of their comments:

As a special needs Hebrew teacher, I found the use of the video
camera an extremely helpful tool to use to "show" the parents their children's progress. Some students with learning disabilities have a difficult time writing. The video clips enable the child to show a strength that the parents often don't have access to. It was especially helpful for one mother whose child has a very hard time in all of her subjects. The video clip provided her the opportunity actually "see" her child's progress.

--Sarah Shay-Davidson

I showed the videos to some parents and it was amazing to watch them looking at their child singing and talking in Hebrew or pointing at the letters. The parents of a child with special needs were very excited. It was such a wonderful way to show them that their child is participating. I looked at the father's eyes and could not make him happier. It will be very important to send the videos to the parents and show them the progress their kids have made. I wish I had more time to present more videos because as the Hebrew saying goes:" טוב מראה עיניים ממשמע אזניים "

--Braha Oren

Another good use of the video camera in our school was during the parent- teacher conferences that were held this Tuesday. A few weeks before the conference, we took pictures of specific children in order to show their parents the progress that they had made.

In second grade, while the students learned the days of the week, we taped those students who usually are very shy and embarrassed singing the days of the week song.

When we showed the parents their children singing in Hebrew in front of everyone, the reaction was the same, “I cannot believe … my son is doing something I never thought he would do …"

In addition, I did a mix movie, which combined a good interaction between students in the class, kids working with their peers, and children making Hebrew sentences with cards.

--Dana Bar-Or

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