In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.
Derek's idea is innovative, feasible to implement, and has the potential for big impact. Help Derek get ready for Innovator's weekend by sharing your feedback. How would you make this idea work in your setting?
As I think back on my 4 years of undergrad work and then 2 years of graduate school, I had absolutely zero training on how to become a better teacher. All of my training focused on being a teacher. I spent hours writing lesson plans and units, but I didn't spend any time reflecting on that work. And when we think about what makes a truly effective teacher, reflection is a key part of that. Using video to do this would provide a lot of opportunities for reflection and improved teaching. Teachers could record themselves teaching, and then analyze what is working well and what needs to be improved. Teachers could also live steam their teaching through Periscope, so they could receive feedback from people across the country. This interaction on Twitter not only gives the teacher feedback on teaching, but it also develops that teacher's network of colleagues. Finally, the Periscope feed could be used as a Twitter chat starter in which a group of teachers could provide insight and feedback.
The potential impact of this project could revolutionize teacher preparation programs. If we can better prepare future teachers for what makes effective teachers so good, then we will have more effective teachers in front of more students. If teachers are already being reflective in their practice before they get into a classroom, hopefully fewer teachers will get burned out and stay in the classroom rather than looking to change careers after a couple years.
In order to implement this idea, current teachers would partner with local colleges and universities and either teach or co-teach a course that would prepare future teachers. The course could be based on reflection and the different ways that effective teachers grow professionally.