I like to use videos of other teachers using techniques that I would like my teachers to use. It helps for them to be able to see a strategy or lesson implementation prior to doing it, and it creates more buy-in when it is the video of a peer, rather than a teacher leader or admin telling them about how to use the strategy. My county has moved to some systemic videos for training tutorials, such as dealing with blood-born pathogens or sexual harassment in the work place. After watching the videos, there are quizzes that need to be completed. This is not as effective, because people can share answers and are doing so out of compliance, not for true professional development. I like the idea of flipped learning for PD purposes, but it has to be personalized and directly connected to an individual teacher's area of growth.

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Thank you for sharing, Eric. Is there a specific story of one video or one technique that really worked and lead to improved instruction? Anything you would be willing to share?

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Eric, so excited for you to join the RDC! Sharing strategies is so important and I agree that it is more effective coming from a peer. When you create a video for this type of professional learning, what does it look like? Do you keep them to a specific length, etc...?

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In this case, a friend of mine had created a video of hers class unpacking a writing prompt. The goal was for class to discuss everything that they needed to know and be able to do in order to successfully compose a response. She had the students working in groups, and it was a great example of a student centered classroom. I wanted my own teachers to see how she released the students and let the students work through the task together with minimal guidance. They appreciated the video, as it provided a concrete example of what I meant by "student-centered." It also modeled the type of thinking that the kids needed to demonstrate to meet the demand of the essay prompts being provided. My teachers in turn utilized the video in the classrooms to demonstrate successful group work and accountable talk with the students.

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hey Eric! The lesson you mentioned sounds a lot like the beginning of an LDC module! You are absolutely correct - the systemic videos that you speak of are completely ineffective at best - torture at their worst. We have been using them as well. Teachers are much more interested in learning from their peers.

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I know it Lisa. It's really awful, but on the other hand, it's better than sitting through the same PD year after year. I'm wondering if there is a way to make it more meaningful for staff, but part of the problem is that the content in these videos is basically recall. In the end, people don't "know" it, they remember it for the quiz and then forget it.

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