In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.
Kristin's idea is innovative, feasible to implement, and has the potential for big impact. Help Kristin get ready for Innovator's weekend by sharing your feedback. How would you make this idea work in your setting?
Create an accountability group for your personal growth. The group should include, but not be limited to, a colleague that teaches the same subject/level, a colleague that teaches a different subject/level, an administrator/coach, and multiple students. The accountability group will help you to reflect on strengths, weakness, and specific ways to improve. There will be a cycle that continues throughout the year of videos and reflection to help all see the growth.
This will build a support community within the building and across disciplines/levels. There is a lot that we can learn from each others as fellow educators. It is crucial that we include students in the conversation as well. Students are the reason that each of us is in education and their voice needs to be heard. Giving students a voice will help the students take responsibility and have a stake in their education. Students are always given feedback about their progress from teachers, why not allow students to give teachers feedback. Our students have many experiences with many different teachers and can provide us with a wealth of strategies and techniques if we, as educators choice to listen.
Video an entire lesson or a segment of a lesson (based on time availability and commitment). Have each member of the accountability team watch the video for things the teacher does well, things the teacher can improve, and specific changes that the teacher can make. The information can be recorded in a Google Doc or Form to help track progress over time. The teacher will create a document plan to make improvements. The students can provide quick feedback each week or daily as needed. After a month (or time decided on by the accountability team) the teacher will explain how they have made changes and start the process again.