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Want great feedback in a safe and supportive space?

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.

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Kate F

Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative

Materials

smart phone
ImproveClass app
ImproveClass account (provided to Innovation Team members)
internet access
group of students to video
lesson on which you want feedback

Community

To test this idea, we need a minimum of 4, maximum of 6 people to participate.

Conditions

desire to improve teaching
willingness to be on video
openness to feedback
ability to take and post video

iSee

Kate

Problem Statement & Description

Getting helpful, unbiased feedback on your teaching in a safe, constructive manner could be available whenever you need it. Yet too often teachers have no way to access this kind of feedback. iSee connects educators to get anonymous, concrete feedback to improve practice.

Sign up to try out Kate's idea here.

How To

1

Decide what you want to know about your teaching.

2

Choose a lesson to video tape.

3

Choose a class to video tape.

4

Secure necessary permission.

5

Craft a question to ask about what you want to know.

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Sign up for an ImproveClass account. This is where you will upload the video, receive feedback, and provide feedback.

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Video tape 5-8 minutes of your lesson that will provide a reviewer with enough evidence to answer your question.

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Upload your video and question to ImproveClass.

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Watch 3 videos sent to you through ImproveClass and answer the provided question.

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Receive 3 answers to your own question.

Evidence to know we're on the right track

Survey and interview responses to items addressing the following: 1. What worked for you in the uploading process?
2. What did not work for you in the uploading process?
3. Did you need help throughout the process? If so, with what did you require assistance?
4. How long did the upload take, and how many minutes long was your video? 5. What potential does iSee have to improve teaching practice?
6. What changes were you able to make, or did you make, as a result of the feedback you received?
7. Posted videos should provide enough evidence to allow viewers to answer the posted question. In what ways were the videos you viewed aligned, or mis-aligned, to the question?
8. What should users consider when posting video that help feedback providers answer their question in the most helpful way possible?
9. What is the likelihood that you, or people you know, would use this idea to get feedback on teaching? On what are you basing your answer?

Protips for Practical Problem Solving

1. When forming your question, think of answers you would like and let them inform your question, which in turn should inform the content of your video. Be specific. Some examples might be, "Am I letting the students do the thinking?", "Am I hearing all voices in the room?", "Do I make classroom management decisions that create a productive learning environment?", "Did I clearly articulate the objectives?"
2. When providing feedback, answer the question asked, and only the question asked, to maximize the benefit for the person seeking feedback.
3. Constructive feedback has three elements: Something positive, suggestion for improvement or something to consider, and a way to explore that suggestion (e.g. link to a video resource, article, idea)


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