"We never actually look at and talk about teaching together. And if we want to improve instruction, the first thing we need to do is make the classroom walls transparent."How often do we actually look at and talk about teaching together?
"We have to videotape ourselves and one another - not just in the classrooms but in our coaching sessions with teachers and even in our meetings."Think about the great feedback we could give teachers if we videotaped lessons and critiqued the lesson together between the principal and teacher or between teacher and a group of peers. It is no different than what athletic coaches do with their players. This type of development is risky for people, it is hard to speak the truth and video does not lie. Richard Elmore said it best, "education is the 'Land of Nice."
"To really take a critical look at what's going on in classrooms would be to violate the unspoken contract, whereby teacher and principal autonomy remains the preeminent value of the profession."Coaching and school leadership are very similar. They should be developing talent and encouraging continuous improvement. Video could be a powerful development tool. However, it is something that could be very scary for teachers. I don't see it as something that would go into an evaluation. To me using video is a means of sparking great conversations about instruction between teachers and administration.
What are your thoughts on using video to improve instruction?