Memory is fallible – talk less, video more

One of the things I used to do a lot in class during provocations was interview my students during the provocation. Instead of writing copious notes or telling the children what I saw/was seeing, I could simply video the reflections for later.

Memory is highly fallible.

How often have you noticed and named something only to have a child contradict your version of events? The child who spent most of the time bickering with others is adamant they collaborated well. A child who you were sure was off task comes through with something.

All of a sudden you’ve got yourself into a confrontation with your kids for a simple reason.

Memory is fallible.

More importantly, we see events through our own perspective. Video provides a chance for the children to see what you see when they are in the midst of discovery.

Letting the children see what you see and discuss those events is far more powerful.

What they remember doing and what they actually did is where the learning happens.

It isn’t the experience, it is reflecting on the experience that helps us learn and grow.




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