In recent months, I’ve received a lot of questions asking how I create the progression videos. Here’s how it all goes down.
Step 1: Research
There are so many great resources available for early number concepts but I continually found myself coming back to Clements and Sarama for this progression. Their research is highlighted throughout Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics (PreK-2).
I also leaned on the work of Cathy Fosnot and Kathy Richardson. Every time I revisit their work I’m reminded how much room for growth I have as an educator. They keep me hungry.
Step 2: Sketch a draft progression
Step 3: Set the stage
Step 4: Go Time
It never turns out right the first time…or the fifth time for that matter. The toughest part is that it all has to be done right in one shot.
I jam out to music while working on the videos.
Step 5: Video Editing
I mute all the sound and speed up the entire video. I’ll slow roll small pieces where I need to verbally flesh out more understanding. The turtle and rabbit show where I played with speed.
I use Apple Motion for most of my video editing but for the progression videos, iMovie does the trick.
Step 6: The voiceover
I’ll highlight one or two things on index cards and let the rest flow. The toughest part is always the first 15 seconds. That usually gets a full card so I don’t sound like a blundering fool. Although some may say that I still do.
Once the notes are scribbled, I open up Quicktime, start a new screen recording, play the video full screen, and do the voiceover.
Step 7: Publish and share
Here’s the published version of the Progression of Early Number and Counting. If you or your students give this a try I’d love to check it out. If you have any questions just let me know. All of us are smarter than one of us.