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Repost from THE Journal: How Video Enhanced Coaching Sets Educators Up to Reflect and Grow

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How Video Enhanced Coaching Sets Educators Up to Reflect and Grow

By Allyson Burnett

Teachers make an estimated 1,500 decisions per day — just part of an already intensive workday. Without additional support, this leaves little time for self-reflection and professional growth to occur.

To help set educators up for lasting instructional success, districts can provide flexible, personalized opportunities for educators to learn and advance — like those provided through virtual coaching.

While technology is important for providing flexibility, virtual coaching is most impactful when there’s a clear purpose, plan and process in place. During my time as an instructional coach, I leaned on the power of video to help educators reflect, learn and grow within their roles.

Here’s why.

Video fuels self-reflection

Self-reflection is one of the greatest forms of professional learning. Video enables teachers to capture real moments within their classrooms, which can then be used to identify areas of strength and opportunity.

Video builds trust and ensures accountability

Video is a great starting point for identifying the reality of a situation and building trust between coach and educator.

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Personalized, actionable feedback

Instructional coaches can reference recordings to help educators identify tangible, realistic goals, and monitor the implementation of new strategies and/or resources in the classroom.

Because video offers a real-world example, coaches can use it to personalize and tailor feedback — ensuring maximum impact for the teacher.

To enhance professional learning, leverage the power of video

With the support of pandemic relief, many districts are implementing new resources to better support teaching and learning — including instructional coaching programs.

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Allyson Burnett Allyson Burnett is the Director of Virtual Learning for Sibme where she manages Virtual Coaching for School Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Teachers. Professor Burnett also teaches at the University of Houston-Downtown School of Urban Education and is the author of 20 Literacy Strategies to Meet the Common Core.

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