Harness the power of video to promote reflective practice and teacher growth Video is the only feedback method that allows educators to view their teaching through their own eyes, yet many K-12 professionals have yet to reap the benefits of this powerful technology. This practical and comprehensive guide takes advantage of new methods and tools to capture teaching and learning and a broad base of current research to impact teacher thinking and actions. Written for instructional coaches, administrators, supervisors, and individual teachers, it includes  • guidance on how to get started and how to engage in nonjudgmental and descriptive analysis  • scaffolding to counter anxiety and resistance, and to cultivate a growth mindset.  • chapters on specific contexts including developmental, evaluative, and problems of practice.  • guidance for observation in specific grade bands and for specific student populations.  • templates and links to videos for video analysis tasks, step-by-step process outlines, real-world vignettes and application questions. Drawing on broad evidence of the impact of video on teaching, this is the guide for maximizing this powerful form of professional learning.

What Observation Skills Need to Be in Place Before I Get Started With Video?

What Observation Skills Need to Be in Place Before I Get Started With Video?

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

—Carl Jung

Chapter Objectives

  • To connect the ways we think to how we observe classrooms
  • To share considerations for promoting nonjudgmental, evidence-based observation
  • To outline a set of observation skills that will be useful in video analysis of teaching

Look at this image carefully and then jot down three observations.

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Perhaps you wrote something about a boy running to catch the school bus, the boy wearing a t-shirt, and the boy being late to school. Now, take a look at the statements you wrote down. Which ...

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