Shane F

North East Florida Educational Consortium

As a former Reading Coach, I have realized the power in self-reflection. In a course I designed, educators who are ready to complete their reading endorsement must show evidence that they both have a deep understanding of teaching reading and are able to apply what they have learned in an authentic setting. Teachers create a lesson incorporating the components of reading including writing. After their plan has been approved based on a detailed rubric, they video a lesson of their teaching. Facilitators give specific feedback to the teacher and the teacher completes a reflection of their practice. In this professional learning course, educators are required to show three examples of their practice in video form with lessons and reflections. After the videos have been completed satisfactorily, educators are eligible for a Reading Endorsement--the goal of a 300-hour PL journey! Feedback has been positive and has encouraged our team to begin expanding this practice into other opportunities for our educators.

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4 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

That's great, Shane. What I really like about it (well there are many things) is that you require the teachers to show three examples of practice. I like that triangulation approach, and video can make that an easy option.

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Wow! Thanks for including the link. I am looking forward to checking it out. It definitely feels like a complete professional learning experience.

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Kip H Community Guide

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

Hi Shane, welcome to the RDC! What a great idea to provide teachers feedback and then have them reflect. I completed my NBCT, which requires the use of video, but feedback only comes at the end. The 3 videos definitely allow for growth during the entire process.

4 Years Ago

Shane F

North East Florida Educational Consortium

Hey, Kip! Thank you for your comment. IKR--the NBCT process was nerve-wracking, beneficial, but the timeliness of feedback was lacking. What I have found (and a fair amount of research from the BMGF) is that teachers crave honest and specific feedback. Definitely something we strive to provide.

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

I see the feedback as key to this discussion. We have talked a lot about using videos of our practice for professional learning in other RDC threads. This thread is shifting focus to honest, specific, and timely feedback. The Reading Endorsement program looks like a very nice example of what this could look like if done well. Thanks for sharing!

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