Teacher Review For Shmoop

Videos are engaging and hook students immediately!

Cynthia C.
Classroom teacher
McSwain Elementary School
Merced, CA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Shmoop with my students to get them excited about a new concept or unit of study. The videos are written for students and immediately get them hooked. I search for a video that has my concept/topic, preview it, and then plan my lesson around it. Very simple. Especially if you are teaching a concept for the first time and are not sure where to begin.
My Take
My overall opinion of Shmoop is favorable. Using their videos to introduce or wrap up a topic or concept helps me switch up the way I teach and deliver my lessons. The Shmoop videos seem to get me in a more creative mood when designing my lessons. I want the rest of the unit of study to hold their attention the way the video did. A draw back of Shmoop is not always finding a video suitable to what you will be teaching.