Against video training

8th April 2005 at 01:00
Q: Our head of department claims we need to produce training videos. She is having a key stage 4 lesson videoed and expects me to do the same at key stage 3. This was decided in a meeting where I felt that the other staff bullied me into doing it. I don't want to. I'm happy to tape my lessons, for my own reasons. As I'm the youngest and least experienced (and, incidentally, in the whole school), I feel that the culture is that they can make me do anything because I don't have the guts to argue. How can I stop this in a professional way?

A: Say no, politely and professionally. If they ask why, your reasons could include: "I don't want to be videoed"; "it will disrupt the pupils'

education because I won't teach naturally when being filmed and students will either play up or be inhibited by the cameras"; "if these are training materials, surely people want to see good teaching, not someone learning the ropes"; "I'm worried that viewers will criticise my teaching - and that's not fair". In my experience, teachers find plenty to criticise in the best examples of teaching. See this as an opportunity to stand up to your colleagues in a reasonable but assertive way. You are a professional and need to be treated as such.

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