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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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South Oldham High School

Videos as PLC "Text" Studies

What if teachers, like residents in the medical field, studied, watched, and discussed the practices of master teachers in regards to certain content and skills? Teachers in a PLC could view expert teachers actually confronting difficult topics, teaching situations, or concepts that the PLC has identified as a high need area. Then, in a safe environment, they could discuss how to implement those strategies into their own classrooms.

Potential Impact

Teachers would become more reflective as they continually analyze others' teaching pedagogy. Also, as PLC's discuss these videos, they would be strengthening the group's vision of what good teaching looks like in their content areas. Finally, teachers would improve their instruction by implementing these strategies into their classroom methods.

Possible Implementation

There are many different possibilities for implementation. PLC's might identify an area of weakness that they need to address. For example, they might want to know how to differentiate for gifted students within a multilevel grouped class or how to teach a particular topic at more complex level. Then, the PLC lead would find PD videos of expert teachers in the identified context. Next, the PLC would watch the video, analyzing the teacher's strategies. After watching, members of the PLC would discuss what they saw, how the teacher achieved his/her goals, difficulties, positives, etc. Finally, they would make plans of how to model what they saw in their own classrooms.

Discussion (3)

3 Years Ago

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Kip H Community Guide

Oldham County High School, ECET2; ECET2KY; Hope Street Group

Hi Chandra! So wonderful to see you on the RDC! Welcome! I love that your idea encompasses collaboration, reflection, feedback and implementation. These areas are so important when focusing on improving and working towards best practice. I am curious about a couple of things. Would the teachers watch videos of other teachers in their district or would the videos be chosen from a much broader selection? Do you see another follow up happening after the teachers implement the strategy into their practice, and if so, would they film their own lessons to share for deeper discussion with their PLC? Thank you so much for sharing!

3 Years Ago

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I like that your idea comes from research about best practice, and I think the lesson study idea is great. I also think that using the PLCs as a way to utilize videos make a lot of sense. I was thinking that over time it could be a way for all teachers to post their videos and get feedback, not just expert lessons, so that teachers can grow in their practice.

3 Years Ago

It is amazing to here these conversations from all over the country. Chandra, Newton County GA has many schools that every PLC meeting starts with the review of a record lesson from someone in their PLC. Having it be an authentic recording of a teacher they know and students that are from their area goes a long way to create an open dialog. The teachers record regularly and choose the video they want to show their peers. I think things like this have been tried but often do not come off as authentic.

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