I was inspired by this video 4 years ago. The ideas that he introduced made me think about the teaching practice differently. It was the time, when I realized that a contemporary teacher is not a source of knowledge, but a facilitator. After watching that video, I created my own blog, and started to produce my own video lessons. The person, who inspired me, is Salman Khan, a founder of Khan Academy, which is very popular worldwide. In 2010, his videos were watched 100 000 times a day (TED, 2011)
In his TED video, Salman Khan talks about innovative approach in teaching. He suggests using video lessons in order to introduce a material and spend the classroom time for practicing skills (Khan, 2011). As a teacher of math, I know that teachers spend most of the classroom time for explaining a topic. Little time is allocated for practicing solving skills. Khan proposes to “flip” the classroom with the help of video lessons that students can watch at home at their own pace. When they come to class, teacher can help students solve the problems in groups. In that way, all the students will have understood the topic and practiced skills at their level.
I loved that idea; however, I encountered a number of obstacles in implementing such innovative idea into my classroom. The first problem was that my students had too many lessons to study, and it was almost impossible for them to watch a video at home when they are tired. The other challenge was that not all students had access to the internet, however the situation these days probably have improved. The third obstacle to effective use of that idea was lack of personal time for creating such video lessons. In my opinion, the effective use can be achieved, if high quality video lessons that are already published, translated into local languages. Also the number of lessons that students have must be decreased, so as students have more free time to have rest, and watch video lessons afterwards.
Khan, S. (2011). Let`s use video to reinvent the education [TED video]. https://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education
TED. (n.d.). Salman Khan: Let`s use video to reinvent the education. Retrieved October 6, 2015 from https://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education