Video Spotlight: Jane Eyre

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"There is a meaningful effect on students who watch someone enjoy teaching a subject they love", says Spike Literature about creating Video on TpT.

This week the spotlight is on Spike Literature’s video about Jane Eyre.

This video walks students through the basic plot line for the classic novel. The concise summary makes it a great video to show to students once you’ve completed reading.

Here’s what we noticed:

  • There’s an immediate connection with the Teacher-Author because she’s speaking directly to the camera. It’s super engaging and her energy makes you want to hear more.

 

  • Filming outside and adding additional imagery to a video is a great way to keep it interesting, while also navigating with some common lighting issues.

 

  • It’s fun! The video is informative, but also enjoyable to watch thanks to the video creator’s sense of humor and teaching style.

 

What inspired you to start creating video on TpT?

My background is in film so when I got my teaching credential, I remember thinking, “My experience as an actress will come in handy as a teacher”. A few years ago when I re-entered the acting arena, I was still devoted to my FIRM belief that classic literature could (and should) be meaningful to students. When I developed the script and began pre-production on my first video I remember thinking, “My experience as a TEACHER will come in handy in these videos…!” I had pleasantly come full circle.

What steps did you take prior to filming your video?

"There is a meaningful effect on students who watch someone enjoy teaching a subject they love", says Spike Literature about creating Video on TpT.
Filming partner, Charlie, ready to help out

My first step prior to filming anything is making sure I really want to send this message. There’s a big difference between making a video you think should be made and one you really want to make. As teachers, there’s lots we think students should know; and in the classroom we are bound professionally, legally and ethically to do just that. The luxury of developing and producing your own material is YOU can choose what you WANT to teach. There is a meaningful effect on students who watch someone enjoy teaching a subject they love.

What was the most challenging part of the process?

The most challenging part of producing these videos is making sure I know what I’m talking about! Teachers are smart people! I always make sure to research my information, develop the right types of assessments and target the correct audience. Teachers’ time is already at a premium – I do not ever want to waste a second of it!

What did you learn about making video?

"There is a meaningful effect on students who watch someone enjoy teaching a subject they love", says Spike Literature about creating Video on TpT.
This is a Sony HD-CX 455. It has a mic but an external mic is used as well.

We always learn a great deal about ourselves whenever we venture into a new challenge. However, as corny as this is going to sound, I learned the most from this experience about what I’m teaching! As I went into the background of Lewis Carroll or Charlotte Bronte, or made a connection between the impact of the Civil War on Louisa May Alcott, I came away knowing more than when I started! Was not expecting that – but I love it! 

What are you hoping to improve about your video creation process as you continue to grow and learn?

My hope for improvement is really a desire to expand. My next step is to develop four six- part /15 – 20 minute ‘lessons’ on a literary piece. The TpT platform has always been a place to present innovative ideas as well as support tried-and-true teaching/learning methods. Thank you TPT!