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Teacher Space: A Forum for Informal Feedback

Think what it would be like if teachers could get frequent feedback on the aspects of teaching that they most want to improve, without having to worry about looking bad in front of evaluators.<br><br>Innovator Rachel Swanson has been refining an online feedback process meant to break down the isolation that exists among teachers, and help them feel comfortable sharing their areas for growth. Teachers form small groups—akin to a book club—for informal discussion about videos they share of their teaching that are focused on what they want most to improve.<br><br>Follow this recipe to implement the process with YouTube, which Swanson is using to test the Teacher Space idea.


Teacher Space

Often feedback is tied only to evaluation, and time for collaboration can be hard to find. Teacher Space solves this problem by providing virtual learning communities that support teachers with ongoing, non-evaluative feedback on their practice. In the end this will create a collaborative community of online support for small groups of teachers.


Google Classroom for Differentiated Professional Development

Google classroom is an incredible resources for teachers in their classroom, but it also a great resource for administrators and professional learning. Using Google Classroom, teachers can upload videos and be assigned videos to watch. This allows for online learning for teachers with assignments and lesson study they could complete at their own pace and without the need of hiring subs to help for observations. I learned about this at a conference I went to, and I thought it was an innovative way to allow teachers autonomy in their learning, but still provide accountability. I think this would also work really well alongside what Zach wrote in "Flip PD with Videos"

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Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? Utilizing Existing Social Media to Access Videos

Accessibility is the biggest challenge for so many teachers. If I have to wait to find the right website, chances are I will give up. But teachers are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest all the time! Why not partner with these social media outlets to create communities for teachers? This could make teaching videos easily accessible in the places that teachers are already looking. Through hashtags, groups, and boards, we can develop communities for teachers that doesn't involve toggling over to other pages. We could work to get sponsorship from Facebook to "advertise" the groups so teachers are likely to see it in their newsfeeds and join.

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Pop-Up Videos with Immediate Commentary or Feedback

My idea is to create videos that provides feedback or comments that shows up during the video. I could see this working in two ways: the first is that the teacher who taught the lesson can have the "teacher commentary" in comments below the video in real time. Observers can see the rationale for why the teacher made the moves they did, or the teacher can explain what they might do instead if they were to teach the lesson again. Second, teachers would be able to make comments that could provide feedback to the teachers, creating a feedback loop for teachers.

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The most meaningful professional learning I hav...

The most meaningful professional learning I have experienced is when it is authentic and relevant, and when I've been able to take ownership of the experience. Seeing other people teach, giving feedback on it, seeing other's feedback, hearing the teacher reflect on the lesson: these all allow me to start to internalize how I can use their practice to impact my own. When I was learning how to do Reading Workshop, we watched lots of videos of colleagues and were able to all collect data about the experience and then discuss and give feedback to the teacher through a safe protocol, and we didn't have to rearrange schedules or have substitutes teaching our classes to observe in another room. Then, together we worked to plan the follow up lessons so the teacher had what they needed to return to class the following day.

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I have used video in a variety of ways, but the...

I have used video in a variety of ways, but the first time I used video in my classroom, I was told by my assistant principal that we would each be videotaping ourselves as we teach a lesson, and then watching it with her to debrief the lesson. I was amazed at what I was made aware of from the opportunity to take the role of "student" in my classroom. Together with the AP we set goals for my next steps. Since I was part of seeing the video, I was part of the process of goal setting and was therefore able to really buy-in to the next steps. Now as an instructional coach, watching clips of a teacher's practice with the teacher can have the effect of moving a full jump ahead of where we might have gotten simply through debriefs. We also upload videos to the Teaching Channel and share practice across schools, so that teachers, especially those who don't have a collaborator, can start to collaborate with one another.

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