In Stage 1, we heard that watching a video by itself isn’t often helpful.
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.
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.
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.