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Chris B

Academy for Urban School Leadership

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Live Interactive Video Feedback

In the theater world, actors rehearsing a play have prompters who can give them a line or direction if they need it. Imagine if teachers could get the same kind of support. A quick reminder during a lesson to ask students a follow-up question, or to allow enough wait time for their answers, could make the difference between success and frustration for teachers and students.<br><br>Innovator Chris Bruggeman is experimenting with a way for instructional coaches to prompt teachers in real time with brief suggestions focused on the teacher’s specific areas for growth. During a lesson, a coach communicates to the teacher from another room by cell phone while watching a live feed from the classroom captured on a tablet computer. By using a headset, only the teacher hears the coaches’ voice. Afterwards, the coach and teacher debrief on the lesson.<br><br>Follow this recipe to try out live coaching using technology that you and your schools likely already have.

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Live Interactive Video Coaching

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.

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Live 2-Way Teacher Observations

One idea that has been very impactful for our pre-service teachers is the use of FaceTime. Our coaches set up an iPad to shoot a class in real time using iOS' FaceTime. On the other end, our pre-service teachers gather to observe specific strategies that teacher is modeling for them, take notes to provide feedback, or even communicate with that teacher via cell phone and a Bluetooth earpiece. The ideas works well to feature an exemplar of practice, to assist a teacher with several observers at once or to provide intensive help with real time coaching.

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I am very fortunate to have been involved with ...

I am very fortunate to have been involved with a lot of high-quality professional learning, but one example that stays with me is the Reading Apprenticeship training I received through WestEd in Oakland. This professional learning lasted a week and focused on asking the participants to engage in a lot of work that we are asking our students to do. There was a lot of practice in analyzing texts and making the same mistakes that our students often make when asked to analyze text. We read extremely complicated college engineering textbooks and reflected on the strategies we used to get some kind of meaning out of them (e.g. diagrams, headings, oft repeated concepts). Then we watched video of exemplary instruction using the RA model. It was all challenging, informative and very, very fun.

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Watching video of my practice with colleagues c...

Watching video of my practice with colleagues changed my life as a teacher. I was a very basic teacher early in my career when I joined a cohort of six teachers working together for a year to achieve National Board Certification. These weekly sessions where we shared short glimpses of our practice allowed me to experience dozens of strategies that I never saw in my own school. At a time when it was rare for administrators to set aside time to visit and learn from teachers within our schools, video provided opportunities to see how other middle school reading teachers managed discussions. I saw how they circulated with intention and provided ample time for students to dig in texts for new meaning. The examples of my own practice that I provided improved over time due to the safety of our cohort. We were critical, but cordial. Video is a powerful tool when teachers provide a safe space to reflect and provide honest feedback.

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