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Bruce W

Olathe Northwest High School

1) I use videos for learning more about my content (chemistry) and new discoveries in science that I incorporate into my class presentations. I share how I acquired my new knowledge with my student to model the need to stay current in one’s profession. 2) I used video as part of my National Board Certification and renewal process. This use of video required me to view my own teaching and identify specific evidence from that video that illustrated specific instructional choices that positively impacted student learning. This practice of critically looking at my own classroom actions has helped me greatly to be more intentional about my choices during class time. 3) I use videos fromteachingchannel.org to help me learn new classroom strategies. These videos are critical for me to see how a given strategy is executed in a REAL classroom by a master teacher. The growth in availability and ease of use of video has definitely changed the way I stay current and grow in my content and professional practice.


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Over 3 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Thanks so much Bruce, and welcome to RDC. You sound just like the growth mindset educator we need on this challenge. After you watch these videos, do you discuss with other colleagues? Aside from the National Boards, have you videotaped yourself after watching a video to see how your implementation looks? Just curious. Any ideas you add will help us think through solutions in the next stages of the redesign challenge. Thanks!

Over 3 Years Ago

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Bruce W

Olathe Northwest High School

Val, I have not done much video taping of my own classroom other than national boards for a couple of reasons. First is the challenge of time. I am currently serving as the department chairperson for my engineering depart so most of my "extra" time is consumed with those responsibilities. Secondly, the questions that I have about my teaching center more around how my instructional choices impact how student engage with the presented materials or resource to move toward mastery of my learning target. That is why I proposed that we need a new tool (see link below) which could unobtrusively gather a better picture of what is happening in all parts of the classroom at any given moment in a lesson. That kind of a video would allow me to have a more meaningful reflection and evidence of the impact of my instructional choices on student practices during a given lesson. I think if I had that kind of a multi-camera-track video of my teaching I would incorporate more video capture and reflection of my teaching practices.

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