Idea for

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.

Idea

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

Personalized Learning for Teachers

Instead of doing a "blanket PD", we need to personalize learning for teachers more. We are all in different spots with our journey. It would be wonderful if we could use professional learning videos to watch, learn and then practice in small groups.

Potential Impact

The smaller professional learning community makes it more personal and meaningful for me. I am more likely to share my experiences with a smaller, focused group rather than the larger faculty.

Possible Implementation

Instead of using our faculty meeting time as a whole group professional experience, plan ahead by having teachers chose what they want to learn, or if that is not possible, perhaps a menu of items that are things the school/district is trying to improve. Then, instead of meeting as a large group, break off into smaller groups. In the small groups, I could see us watching the professional video, and taking the next topic or lesson and seeing how it could be implemented. This would be quite practical for me.


Discussion (14)

Over 3 Years Ago

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Heidi G

Davless Public Schools (Kentucky)

I like the idea of small groups. So often everything in faculty meetings happens in large group and is sit and get. Teachers may be split into smaller groups but the intent is different. If there were guidelines, structure, etc in place, then smaller groups for focused learning during faculty meetings would be more possible.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Christopher B Community Guide

Downers Grove North High School

Hi Mindi. Thank you for sharing. I would be curious to hear more about this, especially the "practice" side of it. After viewing and discussing the videos, what would the practice look like?

Over 3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

Practice would be your take away. What am I going to take away to improve? If I don't take something away to improve, refine, or just practice, then I have sat through another PD with little impact. I must want to go back and improve my craft. Even if it is tweak it.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Mindi! Your idea reminds me of flipped faculty meetings. Are you familiar with this concept? How do you think your administration would feel about using faculty meeting time in this way?

Over 3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

I think that my administration would be all for it. Right at this very moment, we are learning about Google Apps and how to use them - just the tip of the iceberg. My principal had a few things this past year that were flipped. We did our "homework" and came with our notes ready to share. Flipping would be a great way to make the most of our time; however, it does take time to do that homework and not everyone is on board with the concept. I think to get buy in, it goes back to being practical for the teacher. If I am interested in the topic, I am more likely to want to learn something, watch something, or do something as it will help me with my teaching. This is where those personalized videos would help get buy in. Then, teachers would be more willing to go the extra mile as it is relevant and will help us with the day to day grind of teaching.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

That is great! I encouraged my admin to move toward the flipped model this year. We had a rocky start but I think over time the teacher buy in increased (once they were able to see the value for themselves). Do you the the videos used in this setting as professionally produced videos or more akin to a lesson study of a teacher in the building?

Over 3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

The videos I have used this past year and in years past that were either of myself, a colleague, or from a professional site such as NCTM. There were a few videos that I have watched that show the process of data teams, those were not the most helpful. I think it is because they seemed fake or maybe it was that they showed too much and I didn't get a chance to reflect. The best one was of myself - I learned more from that 40 minute video of my teaching and my students working in partners than any professional video. Maybe because it was relevant for me or maybe it was because I learned a whole lot about myself and my students. The next best one was of a real teacher, teaching a math lesson where she engaged the students in a problem. It was edited and about 15 minutes long. After watching it, our small group talked about what we "took away" from that and what we would go back and try. Both were relevant.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Brandy P Community Guide

LA Urban Teacher Residency

Hi Mindi--Great idea! Personalized professional learning experiences are key. Recently we did an Ed Camp at my school and it was a massive hit. I'm wondering at strategies to make the videos easy to find--that way a significant portion of PLC time could be spent in the deep dig rather than in the search. Are you warehousing "best practice videos" ?

Over 3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

I am not warehousing my videos -- yet. However, we need to start doing that. I could see us tagging the videos with the lesson focus. We are learning about Google Apps. I am certain that there is something out there that would help us tag the videos such that we could easily locate them for use. I believe that if we have a good description of the lesson or the focus and tag it with all of the key words that go with that, we would be on the right track. The videos will only be as good as we can access them!

Over 3 Years Ago

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Brandy P Community Guide

LA Urban Teacher Residency

Hi Mindi--"The videos will only be as good as we can access them" = beautifully said! If only I could get back the incalculable hours I have spent digging around for good videos...! Tagging with the lesson focus and key words sounds like a great way to streamline the process!

Over 3 Years Ago

Jami S

Educational Service Unit

I think this small group idea is spot on! At all meetings/professional development events ... what if there is a beginning, intermediate and advanced track. It would required a facilitator for each track but I think it could be very beneficial and helpful to meet them where they are at.

Over 3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

Jamie - You are spot on with the levels. That is what we are currently trying to implement in our district. We usually have our coach, the principal and possibly someone from the district that is available to lead groups. Unfortunately - if we don't have someone to lead the groups, some groups go astray. I love it when we are able to do this as well as flipped faculty meetings. The biggest downfall is when we don't do our homework! Sometimes, life just happens but this is a reminder when we do this with our students that sometimes things do get in the way. I love the levels because there are times when I am not at the beginning stage but there are others on our faculty that are. What would even make them better is when we go back to our PLC group (mathematics - grade level) we could possibly share what we did in our breakout group. That would ensure carry-over, which doesn't always happen. That would allow the PD to not "die" in vein! Thanks for the feedback.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Karen H

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As a learner, it is important for me to have an opportunity to work with new information and see where It fits in my personal lexicon. Presenting well-crafted discussion questions with a video to get the ball rolling would not only provide a way for educators to look at the info. from their own point of view, but also would serve as a springboard to consider how others see the new info. Additionally, the discussion starters may allow the group to work either completely or somewhat autonomously, therefore reducing the number of facilitators required.

Over 3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

Karen - you are right...if we have a good protocol to follow, along with some rich guiding questions, teachers would be more likely to get something out of the PD. The need for facilitators is always an issue. There are never enough chiefs running around! However, could we develop the leader in all of us by having someone in the group be the "leader"? That would also lessen the need for facilitators, provided the teachers are respectful enough to let the person guide or at least be the guide for the day. This might help some teachers who are more reluctant to actually share out and it might help some to find their inner leader. Just because you are the leader, doesn't always mean you are the most knowledgeable. Instead, it would be to help the group move along. Sometimes, though, even with teacher leader models, some groups of teachers won't make the progress that would help them most. I guess at that point, it would be up to the PD development team to make the tasks as engaging as possible to deter any negative outcomes (i.e. PD not being used at all). Thanks for sharing because facilitators are sometimes very hard to come by.

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