Teaching with Watch Me Learn

There are many different ways to use Watch Me Learn® videos in the classroom. How you use them depends on your classroom set up and your goals.

Each video teaches many skills simultaneously so the same video can be used to teach many skills not just a few. See Anecdotal Teaching.

Review the DVD to get a feel for it and to see how so many skills are taught simultaneously. Look at our product pages to see the lists of skills and scenes.  Once you decide what is appropriate to your classroom, you are ready to begin.

Video with Assessments and the Different Levels of Teaching

  1. Assess whether the child is ABLE to attend to video. If the child is not ready to attend to video, further direct teaching is required. Utilize flash cards to teach vocabulary and utilize the “Watch TV” program.
  2. Confirm that there are no interfering behaviors that may inhibit learning.  If there are, consult with a professional to develop an appropriate behavioral program to address them.
  3. Decide what skill is to be taught (from assessment tools or IEP).
  4. Determine which section(s) of the video you will be teaching from. To illustrate, let’s take the Lesson #5, Function of Rooms (About Me and You video), and walk through the teaching process and it’s possibilities.


    Level 1.  Teaching expressive and receptive vocabulary - to teach the items that you find in various rooms and the rooms themselves.

    Level 2.  Teaching the functions of items found in rooms – Use this section to model a direct teaching scenario, which teaches the item’s function or use and location of the item.

    Level 3.  Teaching the application of knowledge of rooms and room items – The child has mastered the skills taught in Levels I and II.  Now teach the application of this knowledge in a generalized, fun activity.  You can re-enact the “Find Me” game, which is depicted in Level III on the video.

  5. Determine how to BEST utilize the video as a teaching tool - one on one, individual or group. See: Variations on Use of a Video for a complete explanation.
  6. Record pre-video data to obtain baseline status of goals.
  7. Implement Video Teaching
    1. Show video and record post-video data
    2. Show video and imitate for and with children
    3. Repeat as necessary until imitation is achieved
  8. Record post teaching data.
  9. Review materials as needed.

NOTE:  Data collection may vary, depending on individual teaching requirements.

Generalize Skills Learned from Video

  1. Now, instruct the children to do the activity or lead the activity without video
  2. Have children do the activity in different places, rooms, different environment, etc...  utilize different materials, have other children involved, etc...
  3. Join other classes and play the game or complete the activity
  4. Share this information with child’s caregiver and have them imitate at home.

Within each section there are more learning opportunities.  Since the skill performed in each scenario is done in a natural setting or play setting, there are many additional skills performed in each scenario.

During the learning process as outlined above we HIGHLY recommend you begin to introduce other learning opportunities that are in the video section that you are working with.

Examples:  language, colors, social cues, sharing, taking turns, etc....

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