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.

Why Video for Teacher Learning?

Why Video for Teacher Learning?

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.

—Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Chapter Objectives

  • To highlight the research base that strongly supports video as a tool in developing teachers’ observation skills
  • To present video in teacher learning along a continuum of development
  • To offer considerations in the design of video analysis tasks
  • To describe the types of facilitation structures often used with video for teacher learning

Take a moment and try to imagine these scenarios:

  • An artist completes her painting and shares it with her instructor in order to improve her craft. The painting is then taken away where neither the artist nor her instructor can see it again. When they speak about the painting, the instructor and artist rely solely ...
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