As a Title VI LRC, the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research has among its priorities the retention and support of language educators in the k-16 continuum. Highlighted in the national research on the matter, as well as time working one-on-one with teachers, language teachers leave the profession because they feel isolated, unsupported, and overwhelmed. In order to address the affective needs of educators everywhere, CULTR’s T.H.R.I.V.E. video project was created to empower the world languages education community with Tales of Habits (for) Retention, Inspiration, Vision and Enrichment.
Through videos that are 2 minutes or less, CULTR wants to hear your story. Why did you become a language teacher and what continues to offer inspiration? What are the biggest obstacles to achieving success and how did you overcome them? What would you have liked to know starting out? Through THRIVE, every teacher can record a video message and join a growing national network of language educators focused on supporting their peers.
Educators Helping Educators
As shown below, THRIVE provides a platform for all language educators to share their experiences. Savvy veterans with decades of experience and wide-eyed newcomers just out of school each offer valuable understandings of what it means to be a language teacher. Join other educators like Meredith White, Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) Teacher of the Year 2020, to share your story today!
Empower World Language Educators Everywhere
A growing network of educators, the THRIVE community serves to inspire, mentor, and support world language education. As of Spring 2020, this outreach has extended across the United States. Extend this drive by continuing to explore, share, and add to the growing THRIVE video library.
Prepare your introduction and THRIVE prompt.
Introduction: At the beginning of the video, please share the following information with your audience.
- Your Name
- Location and School
- Subject(s) Taught
- Amount of Time Spent Teaching
Prompt: Following your introduction, begin addressing your prompt. Feel free to start building your short video’s message around one of these prompts.
- A. What do you most enjoy about being a language teacher? Describe a memorable experience when you were particularly happy in your career.
- B. What challenges do you face that impede your success? Describe your most challenging day.
- C. If you could ask for one thing to help you in your career, what would it be and why?
- D. What do you wish someone had told you or shown you when you first began your career?
- E. What is a misconception about being an educator, especially in language learning, that you would like to correct?
Use your phone or computer to record a 2 minute video. With your audience in mind, please follow the guidelines below in your video.
Special notes for a phone recording:
- Record in horizontal video
- Keep phone stabilized throughout recording.
- Try to be centered in the frame.
Video Best Practices
- Sound Quality
- Working with these concise videos, paying attention to the sound quality is essential to achieve a successful production. Please emphasize the following points during your video.
- Experiment with your microphone and settings for a clear sound.
- Feel free to use a microphone outside of your computer’s mic. An external microphone or headphones that have built-in mic may offer a better option during recording. Investigating these options will help with your finished product.
- Make sure background noises are minimized. Additional sounds beyond the speaker’s voice may distract the audience.
- Choose a room and time where background noise from family, pets, and outside are absent or discreet.
- Lighting doesn’t need to be complicated, but it needs to be addressed in any video. Since most of these videos will be created using webcams or phone cameras, lighting will make even a low-quality camera produce a much better look.
- One best practice is to have an indirect light source. To keep distraction at a minimum while presenting, it is helpful to have a lighting source in front of you with a reflector or something over it to not simply have a direct beam of light on you at all times.
- Before recording from your camera, remember to check what is located in the background. Vibrant works of art, personal mementos, or open windows will detract from your message. To help the audience focus on you and not your surroundings, make sure there is nothing to distract the eye. Oftentimes, a solid wall will offer the ideal solution.
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