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As the Staff Developer for a district focused on implementing high effect size instructional strategies we created an effective Learning Targets rubric to help teachers self-assess! We follow the work of John Hattie, and knew that the most effective practice was student co-creation of the rubrics and targets, but we weren't sure what that even looked like. During a classroom visit, I saw a teacher actually co-creating the Learning Target with students and a lightbulb went off in my head, "THAT's what it looks like!" So, I asked if we might videotape her routine so that other teachers might see it as an exemplar. She agreed. We created it. Our public relations manager assisted in formatting it and publishing it. Then, I was able to use it to train at the next training session. The response? Teachers were immediately trying it the very next day, and sharing their attempts! The video example gave them just what they needed, from a colleague right in their district, and made it feel very "do-able"!


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3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

I think you tap into a huge point here, Lora; video can help teachers see the "do-able". Student created rubrics are at the core of my instruction, so I completely agree, too and love what your district is doing.

3 Years Ago

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Kip H Community Guide

Oldham County High School, ECET2; ECET2KY; Hope Street Group

Hi Lora, welcome to the RDC! I love that you all captured such an important moment with teacher and student voice. Your PD was so powerful for your teachers which makes me wonder...What was the experience like for those who attended the training session and watched the video?

3 Years Ago

Lora S

Shelby County

Kip, Many of those teachers were sending me pictures of their Learning Targets, with annotations and images of what they had attempted, with confidence, the very next day! For many of them, seeing the video was just the nudge they needed to push them to try it and many have now incorporated students into co-creating the target after the mini-lesson!

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

WOW. What a powerful experience! This is so on point. Sometimes we just can't "see" what something is supposed to look like. All we need is a model and we are off to great things. I love that this was such a positive experience for you and the teachers - and that they had the confidence to video their take-aways in action! Bravo!

3 Years Ago

Lora S

Shelby County

I want to be realistic here. We know the challenge, though, is in the differentiation. Not all teachers were ready for the student co-contruction. Some were just learning about creating Learning Targets. We led differentiated groups for those who were new to the concept and those teachers learned about developing Learning Targets. After they got their feet wet, they were able to then look to their own colleagues, who, by that time, were in full implementation of the student co-created Learning Targets. Teacher leaders building capacity. The best way to grow learning.

3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

The differentiation here makes this even more powerful! I wish more professional learning met teachers were they are instead of expecting all teachers to grow from the one-size-fits-all model.

3 Years Ago

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Samantha S

Woodford

This is fabulous! May I share this video with my colleagues? I love that the implementation was differentiated and not a one size fits all model. Love it!

3 Years Ago

Lora S

Shelby County

Sure! It is available on our open district youtube channel.

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Samantha S

Woodford

Thank you!!

3 Years Ago

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Mary W

HonorsGradU

I used to do the "I am" portion with my fifth graders all the time, which was very effective for classroom management. I love how the "so that" and "I'll know I get it when" so simply elevates student ownership of learning! Thank you for sharing!

3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

It is invaluable when I can "see" it in practice. To sit and talk about it is not as helpful as seeing it in practice. The practical side of teaching is what I need. Videos are a way to provide that opportunity.

3 Years Ago

Lora S

Shelby County

Mindi, it's great to hear that affirmation, especially since you're from the very district I am trying these practices in!

3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

I saw that and thought....wow, I know her. Videos and reflection...those two things this year had the biggest impact on my teaching. Even though I didn't like being videoed, it was so helpful that I think I could get past the "not liking" it. Glad we are in this together. It helps to travel in pairs or more....ask Noah.

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Kip H Community Guide

Oldham County High School, ECET2; ECET2KY; Hope Street Group

TLs building capacity modeling and sharing best practice through videos. So important for growing the profession and creating the best environment for students.

3 Years Ago

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Rosa I Community Guide

Lawndale Elementary School District

Do-able is key for many of us. Learning from a colleague in our own school community empowers everyone. The sharing builds teaching and learning capacity. Fantastic.

3 Years Ago

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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

I want to reiterate what many have already said. Having a video to actually see a technique in action is key to many of us being able to then successfully integrate that technique into practice. I would LOVE to see a website created where one can search for a specific technique, then use filters to choose their grade level, content, even disability area (if special ed). Then a list of videos of classroom teachers actually modeling the technique can be utilized for personalized learning. As a DHH teacher it is not always easy to see how a strategy can be modified to fit my population. This type of system would be a teacher's dream come true!

3 Years Ago

Heidi--What you are talking about is available, to some extent, in Edivate (formerly PD360)...with some topics. All Kentucky teachers have access to that, but a national page with a screening process for quality control would be phenomenal.

3 Years Ago

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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

Yes, Michelle we do have Edivate, but it is very limiting, not user friendly, and rarely has lessons from special educators. It is a start. Definitely a national page with quality control would be phenomenal!

3 Years Ago

I love the "so that" portion--having the STUDENTS find the relevance for the lesson as opposed to us finding it for them! This is inspiring work, Lora!

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Masa U Community Guide

Gates Foundation

This is awesome work Lora! So great to see students co-create with teachers - in addition to the learning, this tactic must do wonders for developing student agency? Would be so great if other folks could replicate the approach you took in a light-touch, low-cost way. Any thoughts about tools or low-cost production strategies that folks across other districts could pick up to create similar video assets?

3 Years Ago

Lora S

Shelby County

While this video was fully edited using Camtasia software, I recently learned about the GAFE app: WeVideo and wonder whether it might be used accordingly, since it is editable within the application and device. Our District Technology Integration Coach just shared a bit about how a teacher utilized this app, and it made me wonder whether Instructional Coaches might also be able to capture video in classrooms to share, quickly editing and posting. Maybe using a Google site to house them would work. And all--FREE!--as long as you have access to GAFE! That's one thought for now....as always, continual progress in my learning and thinking about how this might work. Here's the link to how one teacher used We-video.

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Gail S

Oldham County High School

Lora, you have captured it: training staff only goes as far as their (our!) ability to picture it in practice. Video is such an effective tool for paving the way for teachers to make that leap from theory to practice!

3 Years Ago

Lora S

Shelby County

Gail-the challenge is in how to connect the teacher with the "just right" video "just in time". It takes a very "with-it" coach OR a very nicely catalogued set of videos to make this happen!

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