How Video Enhanced Coaching Sets Educators Up to Reflect and Grow
- By Allyson Burnett
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.
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.
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
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.
is especially helpful for educators to measure and reflect on
learning development. One research study
when participants recorded and analyzed their teaching, they were
able to focus on details that were often overlooked in informal
reflective practice or formal evaluation — heightening awareness of
their overall progress.
can also use video to analyze students’ actions during class, such
with course content, peers and educators
of understanding (e.g., instructions for an activity)
with peers and adults
builds trust and ensures accountability
is a great starting point for identifying the reality of a situation
and building trust between coach and educator.
conducted by Dr. Jim Knight, who has studied professional learning
and instructional coaching for over two decades, finds that trust
is the most important variable in coaching. When teachers trust their
coach and their school system, they usually embrace the help that
coaches provide. However, if they don’t trust the coach or
system, they likely will not want to participate in coaching.
Differentiated Coaching to Deepen Teacher Reflection
build and sustain trust, teachers and administrators should
collaborate to identify “handoff
the beginning of the coaching process. During this time, leadership
should confirm what the teacher wants to learn, needs to learn and
will learn through instructional coaching.
coaches can reference recordings to help educators identify tangible,
realistic goals, and monitor the implementation of new
and/or resources in the classroom.
video offers a real-world example, coaches can use it to personalize
and tailor feedback — ensuring maximum impact for the teacher.
enhance professional learning, leverage the power of video
the support of pandemic relief, many districts are implementing new
resources to better support teaching and learning — including
instructional coaching programs.
make the most of these investments, it’s critical that educators
aren’t lost in the shuffle. Instead, teachers should be given
over their professional learning experiences — and coaches must
honor educators’ choices and discretion.
instructional coaching leads
more effective use of pedagogical strategies among teachers,
ultimately resulting in increased engagement and performance from
students. To make the most of professional learning and coaching,
districts are encouraged to harness the power of video and impact of
Burnett is director
of Virtual Learning at Sibme.