Several month’s ago ADT Alarm company installed cameras in my classrooms and on the outside of my childcare center. I am so excited about having a new camera system that records the daily operations in my center. In fact, now that I have a camera system, I feel that I have a second pair of eyes on my center.
There are three reasons that I love having a camera system:
- It is a great training tool for staff meetings
- If a parent has a concern, we can show the parent what really happened in the classroom
- I love to use the camera system in the selection process of new employees (with their permission)
Recently, I interviewed a potential applicant for a Lead Teacher position in my center. She met the educational requirements for the job, however, I was not too sure about how she could handle a room of 2 and 3 year olds.
So, I asked her if she would be willing to come in for a classroom observation for 1-hour. She agreed to the observation and she understood that I would review her classroom management skills by way of the camera system.
When she entered the room, there was another teacher in the class for the first 40 minutes of the observation, then the teacher informed her that she would step away from the class for 20 minutes (as instructed by me) to see how the children will respond to her leadership.
As I watched the video recording of the potential applicant and the children, the applicant appeared to be engaged with the children the first 10 minutes of being alone, then the applicant sat with one group of kids and there was another group of kids that decided to around the room. The applicant redirected the behavior, then went back to interact with a group of children.
The potential applicant was doing an awesome job working with the children in small groups, however, there was a group of children that were climbing on tables and running in circles. It appeared to me that supervision would be a major issue and this helped me to form my decision in not hiring the teacher.
In fact, watching the video recording reminded me of the importance of hiring teachers that can effectively supervise young children.
Do you have a camera system on site? Is it used to observe potential employees? Feel free to share your thoughts about this blog post.