In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.
We started peer observations in my distinct in 2007. Most teachers were not comfortable with other teachers in their room observing them. Over the past 8 years, it has become a positive experience. Most of the time, the observers feel like they got more out of observing than being observed. You learn a lot when you watch a great teacher! We are ready for the next step. We need to record observations and share them with our Learning Teams. This library of recordings could be shared with our district, then a network can be built across the state and nation.
The observation network could impact any teacher willing to open their classroom to other teachers. Then they would be eligible to see observations from teachers in and out of their discipline and in districts similar to theirs.
I would start next year with my district, then team up with another local district. The network could grow to Minnesota, then the entire nation.