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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

We know that good teaching is good teaching. However, sometimes it is difficult to determine how to transfer that good teaching into our own practice, especially in special education or certain specialty areas. I may read about or watch a video of a teacher modeling a technique but may be unsure how I would apply that technique to my instruction. One time I spent a day facilitating discussions about how the Common Core would impact instructional practices for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing. Throughout the discussion, teachers kept wanting to see things in action. So that afternoon I went home and searched through my collection of videos I recorded for self-analysis and brought them in the next day for the group to watch, analyze and discuss. Even though it wasn't a perfect video, teachers felt more comfortable after seeing my strategies in action. As we are moving to increase teacher effectiveness and, ultimately, student outcomes, videos demonstrating best practice are key to professional learning.


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Over 3 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Good to see you Heidi. :) Thanks for being vulnerable with your own videos that you didn't originally intend to share for analysis. Have you used those videos with other teachers? Was the information transferable to other disciplines?

Over 3 Years Ago

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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

Hi Val! it is good to see you as well. Only other DHH teachers have viewed the videos because they are in sign language. It is only this past year that I have really recognized that my teaching, experiences, and voice can extend beyond the DHH field. I do feel, though, that there are countless videos of modeled lessons designed for the large "general education" population and there is a serious lack of similar quality videos for educators in special education and other "low incidence" (for lack of a better word) areas, such as foreign language or arts and humanities. Now is the time that we see videos that show highly effective educators and instructional techniques geared for narrower targeted audiences, instead of us trying to adapt it all ourselves.

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Heidi! Pumped to see you on the RDC! I love that you changed your presentation to meet the needs of your audience by providing PL videos. Have you created more videos since this experience?

Over 3 Years Ago

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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

Hi Kip! Presenting to adults is the same as teaching students; we have to be flexible and adapt all the time. I did make more videos when I was in the classroom as a way to increase my self-reflection. Some were used in further professional learning with colleagues. In the summers I would sometimes establish PD just so DHH teachers from across the region would have an opportunity to get together, discuss various topics, collaborate, and learn from each other. I have used the videos during these times and have encouraged other teachers to make their own videos to share as well.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

I can't wait to see your ideas take shape in Stage 2!

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