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Daniel V

Oldham County High School

Expansion of earlier post -- I usually watch TED talks for inspiring creativity when I feel stagnant or stuck in rut, and KHAN academy and YouTube for differentiation strategies when needed. I have also filmed myself teaching to reflect on my language used during different phases of the learning process and to watch the interactions between students during certain activities. This year I have added instructional videos to my website. These serve as supplements for my students, not the primary source of instruction like the traditional flipped classroom that some teachers in my building have started to use this year. I have found that the parents of my students enjoy the videos, as much, if not more than the kids. A lot parents have forgotten the math they learned in high school from not using it or they weren't very good at it in the first place. They benefit from them so they can help their children with their homework. It's been great to hear these stories from them.


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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Daniel, when you have filmed yourself and students, which did you find more productive to growth: seeing yourself in the delivery of a lesson or seeing students interact during work?

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Daniel V

Oldham County High School

Chris -- I think its most beneficial to be able to hear myself and see student responses to my instruction. Ultimately it is about student buy-in. When they are active and engaged throughout the different phases of the learning process, they are learning. When they are formulating specific questions, they are thinking. When they are answering peer questions with a question, they are thinking. When they are thinking, they are learning. I want to know how they are responding to my instruction. I want to see patterns of behavior and how what I say effects those behaviors. Through my reflection, I really have a much better understanding of how my clear, concise, regularly-repeated expectations develop a respectful, safe, thriving learning culture. I know this from my observations but also through the student surveys that I give my students a few times throughout the year. For example, one of the questions on my student survey is, "What is your least favorite part of this class?" The student responded with, "Taking notes but I understand that they are an important resource to help me understand the concept so I do it anyway." The perspective the student has developed is so powerful. They understand that in life there are going to be things that we have to do for the greater good, even though we may not like it.

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

What powerful reflection! Is this something that you are doing solely for your own benefit - to improve as a practitioner - or is your reflection a part of a larger evaluation project for your school or district? Have you ever been coached through a video of your own teaching or is this something that comes naturally?

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Daniel V

Oldham County High School

The reflection process is for my benefit but also my students. It is not required by school or district. The same skills I use to improve my instruction for them, I model and share these thinking processes with them. Just as I challenge them to improve each day, I do the same. I share my success stories and also where I can improve. When they understand the "Big Picture" it allows them to understand the "Why," which leads to "How" and now they have perspective of how people work/think to set goals and to reach those goals. I have never been coached through a video but as a coach I watch a lot of film. I break down film (recorded and live) a lot; analyzing patterns of behavior, movements, conversations, reactions, etc. The old saying goes, "Learn from your mistakes," and I do, but I prefer using the power of observation and learning from others as much as possible, if available, in order to have more successes then missed steps. That's the beauty of recorded history! Keeping that in perspective their must be a balance because their are to many variables to rely on only one way. As the great Theodore Roosevelt said, "The only man who never makes a mistake is the one who never does anything."

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