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Beth B

Marquette Elem School

I can’t imagine doing the work I do without video. In our teacher residency training program, our resident teachers record their mentor's exemplary practice on a daily basis. They upload this to an online, private group through Teaching Channel where they view the videos. After viewing the clip and asking their mentor questions- the resident tries the strategy with students. Either the mentor or the coach (me) records the resident and uploads to that same online group. We ask reflective questions of the resident to accelerate their growth and development, and work to ensure that the next time they try that strategy it is more effective than before. This also allows us to share instructional practices across our district. I share a clip of an exemplary teacher with another coach-- who can share that clip with a struggling teacher. Or I can share a clip of one a teacher who is struggling with a coach and that coach can give me advice on what feedback to give that teacher. All without leaving our building!


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3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Beth: welcome to the RDC and thank you for this great story you have shared. It sounds like your district is doing some great things with this. Does this take the place of a formal evaluation process or does the teacher do all of this and then still get evaluated by an administrator?

3 Years Ago

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Beth B

Marquette Elem School

This is a part of our teacher residency training program so these are teachers going for certification. We use it to evaluate them in our program, but it isn't used to evaluate the certified teachers in our district. I do know that certified teachers have the option of having an administrator videotape their formal evaluation observation. This makes some of them feel like the administrator has more time to analyze and recognize best practices that took place in the lesson, as opposed to just capturing it all in the moment. But that is a completely optional practice.

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