In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.
Kate's idea is innovative, feasible to implement, and has the potential for big impact. Help Kate get ready for Innovator's weekend by sharing your feedback. How would you make this idea work in your setting?
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.
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.
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.