Take the plunge into teaching Guided Math in your classroom with four different centers to implement.

This week the spotlight is on Partyin’ with Primaries’ video Guided Math Center Rotations.

This free video walks educators through the details on implementing guided math center rotations in the classroom.

Here’s what we noticed:

  • This video is super engaging. It has a great mix of face time with the Teacher-Author to build a connection with the viewer and visuals and audio to keep the audience engaged and entertained. 
  • Partyin’ with Primaries also does a fantastic job of including transitions in her video. They aren’t jarring but they make a clear distinction in each piece of the video. Transitions can be a great way to break up filming, so that you only need to film small chunks of content. This can actually save you valuable time when you’re ready to edit.

What was the most challenging part of the process?

The most challenging part of the process for me is trying to slim down my content to fit into a few minutes. As teachers, let’s face it, no one has time to watch a long video! We need quick, informative ideas for our classroom that will engage our students. My goal is to deliver highly focused content in a brief amount of time. However, when I am passionate about a topic, I have to work really hard to scale back all that I’d like to share and only talk about the MOST IMPORTANT information. Now, I realize there are some people that are very detail oriented so to meet those needs I have found that linking a blog post with all the nitty, gritty details has been quite effective!

 What software did you use to create your video? Were there any new tips or tricks that you learned in the process?

Creating videos has actually been really fun because my husband and I starting doing these videos as a team! Neither of us knew much about video but we decided to jump into it together and we’ve learned a lot! I write the content and my husband films and does the editing. Adobe Premiere is the software we use. It can be a little intimidating to learn but you can find a TON of support for getting set up and doing basic editing on YouTube! Adobe Premiere is a powerful program that allows for many more advanced techniques, which makes for unique looking videos. You can really brand yourself well. One thing we have learned is that it is helpful to have a computer with a graphics card because it can be resource intensive. If want to check it out but you don’t want to invest a lot upfront, you can do a free trial or pay a subscription per month!

What were some things you did to create your filming environment or background?

Take the plunge into teaching Guided Math in your classroom with four different centers to implement.
The basement setup has additional lighting and a simple bookcase

Last Spring, I heard Jen from Hello Literacy speak about the idea of branding yourself at a TpT conference. She mentioned the importance of creating your space that represents who you are. We do not live in a big house and my husband has a home office in the basement, our girls’ toys take over our living areas… so as you can guess, that doesn’t leave much room for momma’s home videos! Ha! So we decided to take an old bookshelf, paint it white and buy brightly colored book baskets (because I am obsessed with all things literacy) to make it pop! We got some fake pink peonies and a plant because they bring me joy. When it’s time to film, we pull the bookshelf over to a corner of our basement and that’s our studio! We keep blue painters tape on the floor so we have a consistent placement of the camera, lights, and background in each video. When you look at the videos, you’d never know that we work in an approximately 200 sq. foot area! Keep it simple, it works just fine! 

  If someone is afraid to take the leap into video, what would you tell him or her?

Take the leap! I think it feels unnatural to just about everyone at first, or if you’re like me, you may always feel awkward! However, that doesn’t need to stand in your way!  Write out a storyboard first, then a script – try to make it as conversational as possible… just as if you were talking to your students! Practicing in a mirror helps as well. Trust me, I am not a very technical person, if I can do it… so can you! 

Can you tell us about one or two of your videos that you really like? How do you hope these videos will help educators?

I’d have to say that my favorite video so far is this one, Guided Math Center Rotations. I am passionate about small group instruction because I have seen the power of it in my own classroom. I spent countless hours creating a guided math rotation that would work well in my classroom and finally landed on this 2 day – 3 rotation system. This video is only 3 minutes and shares 4 different centers to implement into your classroom as well as provides an editable template for teachers to take back to their room to try. My hope is it will provide teachers will a level of higher level comfort as well as free resources (huge time savers) to take the plunge into teaching Guided Math in their classrooms.