Using Video for Professional Development

Using Video for Professional Development


– Because of professional development
at Kettle Moraine, teachers have the skills
and the tools that they need to really meet the needs
of all of our students. Everyone is working towards creating a culture of growth, and taking risks to interact and
engage with their class as a whole. At Kettle Moraine, we have a
vision of continuous growth. Whether that’s students,
teachers, it’s about how can we get there together. Visible learning is a strategy where staff will actually get behind a camera and have the opportunity to look at themselves and to watch and reflect on
their teaching practices. – It helps me see what
the learning looks like in my classroom through a different lens. We did a few test filming sessions and I saw students all over the
place, as far as engagement. And, so, for my goal I chose to try to increase student engagement through
use of vocabulary words. More vocabulary, I’ve
defined as more engaged. When students walk into
the classroom, it is nice to let them know, like hey,
I’m going to be filming you today. They are all part of the
process and I share my goal with them as well. I’m usually filming about thirty
minutes of discussion time; so I can see who’s really interacting, if they’re writing things
down, if they’re drawing, if they’re showing each
other different things. – [Woman] The swivel is set
up for an iPhone or an iPad. Sometimes, teachers choose to have the camera on students and then, sometimes they will
put the camera on themselves. So that really just depends
on what their goal is. – We often fall into the habit
of making assumptions about what’s going on in the classroom. And visible learning gives
us a chance to see our habits and our patterns and recognize maybe why they aren’t effective all the time. Just having a little bit
of a shift in our practice can lead to gains on the students’ part. – It’s really important
for a teacher to have the ability to reflect on
what they’re seeing initially. It just allows teachers
to get comfortable with the experience. – I try to watch those films on the same day they’ve been recorded. Just so they’re fresh in my mind. What I do is I watch it through once without really tracking anything. The second time through is
really when I start to track. I’m gonna stop the video
every minute and tally which students are authentically engaged and which students are not. I’m writing down which vocabulary
words they’re using and what I was seeing on film was a lot of non-engagement
with their peers. – After a teacher watches
their video, they meet with the coach to talk through some of their ideas. To get another set of eyes
either on what they think that they’re seeing in the classroom or some possible solutions. – In order to change the
students’ interaction in class, I needed to give a little bit
more direct instruction on how to interact with your peers and how to use science vocabulary words. – Individually, the teacher
is going to be the one that determines what
that success looks like. – Visible learning gives us a chance to reflect on our practice, to align what we believe is happening
in the classroom to what really is happening. And also, it gives us a chance to adapt to reach as many students as possible. – [Bearded Teacher] We are all trying to grow in our professional career
and it’s all gonna help the students at the end of the day. And that’s really the goal of
the whole teaching process.

3 thoughts on “Using Video for Professional Development”

  1. I mean natural reactions& interaction must be reflected in the classroom so as to identify the real efficiency & deficiency of both students& teacher☺

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