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Ben

Glenn Duncan Elementary School

Staff developer, learner, skateboarder, runner, coffee drinker, bicycle rider

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Currently we've created a cohort of teachers th...

Currently we've created a cohort of teachers that is using social media to enhance their own personal professional learning. This group of diverse educators includes teachers, administrators and coaches. Using tools like Twitter, Voxer and Instagram, the cohort is working to showcase the instruction in their schools and build their own repertoire. Cohort members will soon be nominating new members who they will then mentor for the next year to begin using social media to enhance the professional learning experience.

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I use video for all the professional developmen...

I use video for all the professional development courses I design and facilitate. Video allows us to see content put into practice with real students. Video examples also provide us with exemplars to examine and discuss. When looking at how English Language Arts instruction is shifting, video of students and teachers provide a starting point for discussions of how instruction has looked and how it needs to look to support every student. Video allows teachers to see each other in action and allows the person in the video to explain their thinking and rationale around the instructional decisions that were made. Video also serves as evidence for teachers to use as part of their evaluation process. When looking at the difference between an effective teacher and highly effective teacher, video can show the multiple instructional moves that are made in a lesson and provide so much more information than you can get from observation notes.

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