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Sibme’s New Visible Notes

By sibmin     17th January 2017    0 Comments

Why I film every observation using visible notes—and why you should, too   As Director of Professional Learning for Sibme—a fully integrated mobile and web-based technology platform designed for reflection, collaboration, and coaching with video–I was recently working with a group of administrators for a half-day technology workshop. I had just shown the group how to record a video in the Sibme app on their phone, upload the video to the web-based platform, and make time-stamped comments as feedback, when Beth, a participant, raised her hand. “You know what would be really great is if we could record and type comments at the same time,” she said. “Can we do that?” she asked. My answer? “Yes, Beth, you can! We call …
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Hey, Struggling Teachers

By sibmin     1st January 2017    0 Comments

Hey, Struggling Teachers–Here’s how you come back from a rough first semester When asked, most teachers will say that their first year of teaching was the toughest. When pressed, they will talk about the challenge of teaching to the state standards, writing engaging lesson plans, dealing successfully with parents, and figuring out effective classroom management techniques. They say things like, “I never knew how physically demanding teaching would be. If I was not at school teaching, I was at home sleeping,” or “I was shocked by the amount of paperwork, grading, and reports I had to complete. I was at school until 7 and 8 o’clock every night.” So, if you (or someone you know) had a rough first semester, …
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Dr. Tonya Goree + Sibme – Recorded Webinar

By sibmin     26th October 2016    0 Comments

Video Coaching Model for Success We recently had the chance to interview Dr. Tonya Goree, 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (TX) on how she implemented a successful video-enhanced instructional coaching model at Francone Elementary, leading to significant gains on her campus during the 2015-16 school year. Her campus received 3 distinctions this year up from 0 the prior year.  Watch this 45 minute webinar to learn how your school or district can implement video-enhanced professional learning with a purpose, plan, and process to achieve success.      

Instructional Focus + Video = Professional Learning Success

By sibmin     19th September 2016    0 Comments

If You Really Want to Grow Your Teachers, Video is the Secret Sauce to Success It Only Took 25 Years I had been in education (teaching and leading) for 25 years when it finally happened. Success! What is success? Success is when teachers begin to earnestly implement strategies that they have been learning into their lesson plans and teaching practices. Success is when teachers decide that they will never go back to the way they used to teach because they have found a better way—and they change. What’s the Secret Sauce for Success? Success comes when teachers believe they can improve and learn from watching one another teach—and the most convenient way to do that is to use video. When teachers …
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