Hints for Using Making Meaning in Literature: A Video Library,
would suggest that you first read the Library
Guide to select videos for viewing according to your purposes.
You can watch each clip in the library individually, using
its guide to delve into the individual teaching techniques
and educational issues it illustrates. The nine programs in
this series can also be used in an integrated fashion to demonstrate
a wide array of instructive concepts and practices. In either
case, you will probably want to pay particular attention to
the "Before Watching" suggestions for each clip
to focus your viewing.
viewing the video, you may want to return to the Guide Book
to complete some of the Suggested Activities and Discussion
ideas. You may also want to look at Additional Resources available
for each lesson, which provide a list of relevant Internet
are many ways in which this series can help classroom and
preservice teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and
educators reaching out to the community. The Guide Book contains
discussion questions and activities specifically
tailored for each group.
Guide Book can also be used as a centerpiece in local professional
development seminars. See Tips for Facilitators below for
some practical suggestions about organizing and moderating
Meaning in Literature: A Video Library, Grades 6-8 project
components can be used to help plan professional development
workshops for many different groups, including classroom and
preservice teachers, team leaders or lead teachers, and supervisors.
can use the checklist below to help you make these seminars
as useful as possible for their participants.
for a Professional Development Opportunity
the people you would like to attend the workshop, offering
several alternate dates for your meeting. Try not to pick
dates that coincide with other activities or vacation days.
about what you hope to accomplish with the group. For example,
are you interested in having them see another classroom
to look for new ways to approach literature, or for classroom
management techniques, or text selection? Try to make a
mission statement to share with the group during your first
the materials related to each clip and select the ones your
group will view. Plan a logical order for presenting the
clips you have selected. Try to keep in mind the group's
main interests in doing so.
and secure a place for your meeting. The location should
be easily accessible to the group, with adequate seating,
and appropriate outlets for a VCR and monitor.
group members of the meeting time and place. Establish a
system for notifying members in case of an emergency postponement.
Before Each Meeting
the clip you intend to view in conjunction with the print
materials for the clip in the Guide Book.
on a time frame for the workshop. We suggest that you consider
20 minutes of previewing discussion or other activities,
20 minutes to view the clip, and 20 minutes for a follow-up
discussion or activity. The Guide Book lists suggested activities
and discussions for pre- and post-viewing. You can select
one of them, adapt them for your group's purposes, or create
ones of your own.
any other materials you will need for the discussions or
activities you have planned. You may want to assemble notebooks
or folders with blank pages for participants to use in taking
notes or reacting to the discussions or activities in which
yourself with the equipment in the room where you will be
the group and explain why they have been assembled and give
a brief overview of what they will do that session.
their purpose for viewing the video. This can be a selected
question for discussion listed in the Guide Book, or one
of your own choosing.
participants to note any comments they may have as they
the video clip. Ask participants if they would like to review
any parts of the clip.
up the clip with a discussion point or activity in the Guide
Book. You can adapt these or create your own, depending
on the needs of the group. Try to present a mix of talking,
watching, and doing during each session.
you are having a problem starting discussions, ask the group
to talk about the things they didn't understand in the video
the time carefully and adjourn on time. Talk about your
next meeting, reminding the group about time, date, and
will need to assemble the following materials to help you
in using these video clips in a professional development workshop:
VCR and viewer (television set or monitor) to show the video
sure to position the monitor at a place where
all participants can view it easily.
the lighting to avoid reflections or glare.
the connections between the VCR and TV or monitor,
and make sure they are both plugged into a working
or paper, pencils or pens
materials may be needed for activities suggested for individual
clips. Consult the Guide Book materials related to each
video clip to find out the scope of these activities and
plan your session accordingly.
the sections of the guide devoted to activities
and discussion questions related to each clip
several days before the workshop.
materials that are needed and gather them before
your session begins.
dry-erase board, flip chart, or large pieces of
art paper will help in recording major points
raised in session discussions.