Tales from Teachers



Tales from Teachers

We want to hear from you. Share your stories, in written or video format, and tell us what your are doing to help your students and others during the coronavirus pandemic.

CEA members are doing incredible things to support their students.
We hear stories about you driving around town waving to your students, reading to your students online, and creating videos to remind your students that you are there for them.

You all have inspiring stories like these, and we are asking you to share them with us and with your colleagues.

Please submit your story in writing, photographs, and/or video below. Here are some ideas to get you started sharing your story in a video, and here are some tips for shooting a successful video.







Video Attachments:

We'd love to receive your 60-second video.

Use Dropbox if you're already familiar with it, or you can send files up to 2GB free without an account through WeTransfer.

Simply click on the button below, add your video file from its location on your computer, in the "Email to" line put laurelk@cea.org, enter your own email address, and include your full name and the town where you teach in the message box. Then hit "transfer." The website will then ask you to verify your email address by entering a code that is sent to your email account. After you verify the email address, it will likely take 10-20 minutes to complete the transfer of a one-minute video. Email laurelk@cea.org with any questions.





We want you to share your stories with us! To get started, film yourself responding to one of the prompts below:

  1. Share one interaction you've had with a student while teaching remotely that has made you smile.
  2. Share how you and your colleagues have been letting students know you're thinking about them.
  3. Share one thing you've learned while teaching remotely.
  4. If you could give one message to your students right now, what would you tell them?
  5. Share the best resource you are using to help your students.

8 Things to Know Before Shooting Video of Yourself With a Phone, Tablet, or Laptop

  1. Don’t shoot vertical video
    Make sure your phone or tablet is on its side and shooting horizontally.
  2. Don’t use digital zoom
    Sometimes it can be tempting to use the zoom feature on your smartphone to get a closer shot of your subject, but since the lens isn’t zooming optically, you’re just enlarging the picture digitally. This results in one thing: pixels. Move your phone/tablet/computer or yourself instead.
  3. Frame yourself well
    Leave only a little space above the top of your head and make sure you’re in the middle of the screen.
  4. Lighting
    Make sure you do not have your back to a window or bright light. You want your face to be well lit, so either sit facing an open window during the day, or move table or floor lamps so they illuminate your face.
  5. Background
    Examine what is behind you carefully. A blank wall or a bookshelf can make a good background.
  6. Where to look
    Look directly at the camera on your device, not at the screen.
  7. Audio recording
    Make sure you’re in a quiet room. Close the door and ask family members or roommates to keep their voices down while you’re recording.
  8. Keep track of time
    Keep your message short and sweet. Ideally, your video should be about 60 seconds long.



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