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How might we enrich video with other resources or experiences so that it better supports your practice?

In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.

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Kate F

Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative

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Reflection and practice are key to professional learning. I took an online class where we responded to a prompt, and then got 3 other responses to comment on and score according to some criteria. Ours would go into that pool and we’d get feedback from 3 other people. I liked the simplicity - just 3 people - not a long stream of comments. And not too much work for me. I didn't have to comment on more than 3, so I could take my time and be thoughtful. I also liked the anonymity - no biases or agendas (good or bad) when it's strangers, and not colleagues. This idea could be used for professional learning through video. I could post a question and a short video. 3 people would comment on it, and in return, I'd do that for 3 others. I could note people who gave particularly helpful feedback, and ask them to evaluate other videos, or just stay in the random system. Being able to use my own video to improve my reflection and practice would add a layer of depth and perspective to my professional learning.

Potential Impact

Most immediately, this would have a positive impact on instruction as teachers can get quick, specific feedback on their practice. Secondarily, I imagine certain collegial relationships could form between people who are getting and giving feedback that is particularly helpful to each other. These relationships could/would form between people who don't necessarily work together, so would create productive working relationships that wouldn't otherwise happen.

Possible Implementation

An online platform would be built, with some sort of program that randomly assigned the videos to people. People would register, and when they posted a video, it would be sent to 3 other people on the list. Users might have an account where they could contact each other directly, keep track of helpful reviewers, and archive their own videos. I imagine anyone, from classroom teachers, to staff developers, to coaches, could use this. They could ask a question (e.g., is this engaging? am I giving enough wait time? do conversations reflect deep thinking?) , post the video artifact, and get feedback.


Discussion (8)

2 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Welcome to the RDC, Kate, and thank you for this idea. I like where this is heading as I, too, am always careful of biases when thinking about video. How would you suggest we drive people to a site like this? While controlled by just having 3 people comment, it could become "another thing" for teachers.

2 Years Ago

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Kate F

Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative

I imagine this would be voluntary, so while all PD is "one more thing for teachers to do," this would be something teachers elect to add to their plate (much like all of us on this site have chosen to do this, or to seek out and watch teaching videos, attend summer PD, etc.), hopefully motivated by the opportunity to learn something of perceived value to themselves. I imagine we'd start by advertising/recruiting in places where teachers are already using video (TEDed, Teaching Channel, youtube channels) or places where teachers are looking at innovations in professional learning (Learning Forward, ASCD). I am an educator, not a marketer, but I imagine we would drive people to the site by offering self-directed PD, the promise of unbiased, confidential feedback, and the use of technology to increase impact while minimizing time commitments? This would be a place completely populated by people interested in getting better, and interested in helping others do better. It's less one more thing to do and more an invitation to join a group of motivated professionals.

2 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Great points, Kate. I like how you look at this; some good ideas here!

2 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Kate! Your title drew me right in to your idea. You are spot on in highlighting the fact that sometimes others can easily see what we can't in our own practice. I also love the practicality and simplicity of your idea. One question, three responses - definitely doable and not overwhelming. I can't wait to see how this develops!

2 Years Ago

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Karen H

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I like the simplicity of your idea, Kate! Although initially intended for an educator to receive feedback on their own practice, have you considered that this process will likely generate an excellent database of best practices videos which could help teachers looking for help in a particular area? For this reason have you considered adding a searchable database? Maybe accessed only after leaving the requisite three comments?

2 Years Ago

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Kate F

Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative

Hi Karen. Thanks for reading my idea! I don't think of these as best practice videos. They are kind of the opposite: work in progress videos. It did occur to me that we could end up with a huge database of videos, many of which could showcase great teaching, but ultimately, my idea is to only use them only for opportunities to get feedback. I think keeping the purpose focused on feedback takes pressure of having to perform or be good, and let's the teacher be as open and honest as possible. Maybe if this idea took off we could have options for submitting - one for feedback, and one to be vetted for an exemplary teaching database.

Almost 2 Years Ago

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Deborah Chang

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I wonder how you might build a community of practice around this simple idea! How might in-depth comments be encouraged, beyond the idea of only leaving comments on three videos? I ask because I would be compelled to come back to the platform over and over again only if the comments were really informative.

Almost 2 Years Ago

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Kate F

Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative

Hi Deborah. Thanks for your feedback. It's consistent with other feedback I've gotten recently. I envision having some tips at the website on how to leave useful feedback. Across the board, I hear that positives followed by constructive criticism (i.e. things to consider or work on) coupled with resources or suggestions would be welcome, so I'd hope to instruct users on that. I also want to encourage users to connect directly with each other once they have identified each other as providers of informative feedback. Perhaps a community of practice would grow from that? Thanks again for your comment. It's great food for thought.

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