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Replacing or supplementing your lessons with instructional videos has a large impact on student learning, the research shows.
After teaching high school math for years, Kareem Farah realized that lecturing in front of his students wasn’t working particularly well—he was a bottleneck, he had come to realize, a talking head who was reaching, at best, a handful of students at any given time. Worse, pacing was a problem that a simple change of speed wouldn’t solve: slow it down and the lecture would bore most of the kids, go too fast and other students would fall behind.
Farah, a teacher at a Title I high school in Washington, D.C., also noticed that when his students missed a few classes, it set them up to fall behind the rest of the year. In response, he began recording his lessons on video to give them a way to access the material from anywhere.
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