Experience

The most meaningful professional learning I have experienced is when it is authentic and relevant, and when I've been able to take ownership of the experience. Seeing other people teach, giving feedback on it, seeing other's feedback, hearing the teacher reflect on the lesson: these all allow me to start to internalize how I can use their practice to impact my own. When I was learning how to do Reading Workshop, we watched lots of videos of colleagues and were able to all collect data about the experience and then discuss and give feedback to the teacher through a safe protocol, and we didn't have to rearrange schedules or have substitutes teaching our classes to observe in another room. Then, together we worked to plan the follow up lessons so the teacher had what they needed to return to class the following day.


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Over 4 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Rachel, did you guys do anything special to capture the audio in a way that was of high enough quality to be useful? That is a challenge we have had.

Over 4 Years Ago

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We didn't do anything special. We usually use iPads, and you're right that the audio quality leaves something to be desired, especially if capturing student conversation.

Over 4 Years Ago

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For the better quality videos we sometimes bring in our network video person to do videos, but that is obviously for larger projects, since it requires more set-up, and editing work.

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Yes, that is what we do too, but it would be nice if there were a way to get that high-quality audio (especially of the students) on a regular basis.

Over 4 Years Ago

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Yep, I totally agree. I wonder if it would be worth investing in a mic kit for the iPad to see if that helps? Looking at online reviews now and it seems to have helped. That's a great point, though.

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