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Ernie R

Walter Johnson Junior High School

Professional learning, blended online learning

Experience

When using video to support my practice, I woul...

When using video to support my practice, I would like to see Choice and Variety. I've sat through a few sessions where we had to watch a 40 minute video of exemplary teaching. The teaching may have been great, but the video put me to sleep! I'd suggest using clips of video, chunking the distribution, with the opportunity to view the entire video at a later time. Variety means that teachers be encouraged to make videos as well as view them. Create a departmental video that shows what's working in our classrooms or how online resources are used. A department's video would be viewed by other departments, to help teachers determine how to help students make connections between their classes. Years ago, I realized how students revised their work as they created videos and watched other students' videos. School-made videos can complement professionally-made videos to stimulate reflection and discussion within a faculty.

Idea

Use Video to Change Professional Learning For Good

Video can be useful as part of professional learning because it brings each of us into other educators’ classrooms. As useful as it can be, its use can often be micro-managed at the well-intended direction of upper-level administrators. Rather than focus on using video as a tool IN professional development, I suggest using it as a tool FOR improving professional development, for educating those outside of classrooms about how we need to change the structure of teachers' professional learning.

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Experience

While I can see benefits to using video for pro...

While I can see benefits to using video for professional learning, my own experiences with using video are limited in this area. I used video as part of my National Board re-certification portfolio -- recording a discussion with teachers at my school as we discussed the implementation of Common Core Standards in our social studies classes. I noticed that our video-recorded discussion progressed at a much higher level than our usual department meetings. While it could have been that my colleagues were focused on helping me complete my re-certification, I believe that when I hit the "record" button, it was much like when a guest enters my classroom -- I perk up a bit and try to do my very best. I wonder if occasionally using video to record discussions about recently implemented strategies might encourage deeper discussions among colleagues.

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