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Ernie R

Walter Johnson Junior High School

While I can see benefits to using video for professional learning, my own experiences with using video are limited in this area. I used video as part of my National Board re-certification portfolio -- recording a discussion with teachers at my school as we discussed the implementation of Common Core Standards in our social studies classes. I noticed that our video-recorded discussion progressed at a much higher level than our usual department meetings. While it could have been that my colleagues were focused on helping me complete my re-certification, I believe that when I hit the "record" button, it was much like when a guest enters my classroom -- I perk up a bit and try to do my very best. I wonder if occasionally using video to record discussions about recently implemented strategies might encourage deeper discussions among colleagues.


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3 Years Ago

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Val B Community Guide

Seminole County

Hi Ernie, and welcome to RDC. Your reflection about how your own practice (and the level of discussion) was impacted when you hit record really stood out to me. I can relate to that when I reflect on my own recording experiences. Obviously students are as authentic an audience as a teacher can get, but I am sure I have experienced my own energy lull a time or two that would not have happened if I was recording. This really has my wheels turning. I hope that when the RDC community starts generating solutions, readers will reflect back on your post and what it could mean for PD and video in the future.

3 Years Ago

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Ernie R

Walter Johnson Junior High School

Thanks, Val. I'm looking forward to learning quite a bit from this community! I wonder if it's not so much the recording of a discussion or lesson that makes the difference as much as it's the novelty. No matter what I teach, the days get long by this time of year, but I often lack the energy to search for that new spark that will keep me trying to do my best. Despite all of the changes that we've seen in education, we haven't seen many changes in PD....can't wait to see what happens as a result of great ideas being shown here!

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