In Stage 1, Kate, Kristin, Robert, Shelia, and many other educators shared the power of viewing video of our practice and getting actionable feedback. In Stage 2, Chris, Kate, and Shelia shared ideas to ensure teachers have access to supportive, meaningful feedback to strengthen practice and improve student learning. Check out how they're bringing these ideas to life with educators across the country.
- Adequate wi-fi for the Google - Hangout
- Smart device equipped with camera
- Two cell phones or walkie-talkies with earpiece
- Google account for Hangout
- Teacher has one or two specific focus areas for observation and feedback
- Students in the classroom are accustomed to filming in the classroom
- Familiarity with technology including experience with the devices
Problem Statement & Description
Teachers have a problem with receiving tailored, actionable feedback on their instruction or classroom environment. Live Interactive Video Coaching solves that problem by providing live coaching feedback so teachers can incorporate the guidance in real-time.
Before the lesson, the observed teacher meets with a coach, mentor or respected colleague to set development goals and agree on a focus for feedback.
The coach/mentor starts the Hangout before the lesson and contacts the teacher to initiate the one-way communication.
The coach/mentor takes notes on the observation, sporadically providing short targeted feedback based on the agreed focus.
After 15 minutes, end the observation. The coach/mentor gathers feedback if other observers have joined the Hangout.
The coach/mentor conducts a post-observation conference with the observed teacher to share feedback related to target focus.
The coach/mentor solicits teacher feedback on the effectiveness of the process, setting goals for future observations.
Evidence to know we're on the right track
The teacher’s development goals, set with a coach or mentor, are met.
Protips for Practical Problem Solving
- Make sure that laptop’s mic has been muted
- Walkie-talkies can be used when cellular service is weak
- Arrange for non-verbal cues the teacher could use to denote over-coaching or poor sound during the lesson
- Invite other teachers to the Hangout to provide their feedback around the teacher’s goal