6 ways to use video for clear and actionable teacher coaching

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Video proves to be a powerful tool for the development of teacher skills. Swivl Teams + Robot has been built from the ground up for recording, live-streaming and analysing in-class interactions for objectives-based teacher development. Sessions in Teams by Swivl provide teachers with the framework for complete coaching or self-reflection.

This blog will walk you through six ways to use Sessions for actionable teacher coaching, including setting intentions, giving feedback with time-stamped comments and summarising learnings, providing educators with the necessary tools for clear and actionable coaching.

Feedback is essential for video coaching

The latest Teams by Swivl release has made it easier to give feedback in video observations with Sessions. A Session is a four-step process that keeps the conversation around videos organised, clear, and actionable.

  1. Start with setting an Intention. This helps you define the “look-for” for yourself and your feedback partners.
  2. Annotate your Feedback with Time-Stamped CommentingBookmarks, and Prompts to analyse the evidence in the video.
  3. Provide a Summary that considers the entire video experience, reflecting on whether the Intention was met and where to go.

Share your Session with your feedback partner (e.g., a mentor, peer, Professional Learning Community [PLC], or coach).


6 Ways to Use Sessions Beyond Traditional Video Coaching

We’ll now walk through 6 ways for teachers to use Sessions with their mentors, peers, PLC and students.

1. Teacher self-reflection

Watching yourself on video and engaging in a self-reflection practice can be intimidating! It takes practice, patience, and a willingness to move past those initial feelings of discomfort. Teams by Swivl was developed alongside educators to create Sessions. It’s a tool that helps educators take control of the teacher self-reflection process. We’ve made it easy to use an existing video or record a new one to begin a Session. Then, using the same Feedback tools you’re used to applying to your videos in Teams, you can track glows and grows and easily track progress over time. 

2. 1:1 video coaching

Sessions add a new level of clarity and organisation to Teams by Swivl. It helps educators and their coaches go beyond the traditional coaching practice of identifying, learning, and improving.

Setting an Intention helps to facilitate pre-conversations between educators and their coaches. Pre-conversations help educators select a focus for their recording. It also creates an opportunity to build a connection with their coaches. When there is a strong, trusting relationship between an educator and coach, feedback and self-reflection become more natural. Educators become more willing to highlight areas where they are excelling instead of solely focusing on areas of improvement.

3. Sharing exemplars or best practices

Educators are often working toward improving something within their teaching practice—student engagement, giving feedback to students, increasing student talk time, and teaching a specific concept. It can be a great accomplishment when you’ve provided feedback in a way that empowers a student. Or create an environment where introverted students feel comfortable enough to participate in class. Or when you’ve taught a concept in a way that most of your class has a solid understanding of after the first lesson. Sharing and celebrating these successes with your peers, PLC, mentor, and feedback partners go a long way in building relationships with them.

If you need support while you are working on improving something in your teaching practice, a great place to start is by asking peers, your PLC, or your mentor to share a recording of their successes and best practices. Having a visual of their strategy or approach may help you improve yours.

4. Collaborating with your PLC

If you have a PLC, consider creating a Group with them inside the Teams by Swivl web platform. PLCs can collaborate on their Group’s purpose together by setting a description that can help each member stay focused and aligned on the purpose of sharing video content.

Like sharing best practices, your PLC provides a supportive community to celebrate wins, provide feedback, and brainstorm ways to help you improve each other’s teaching practices. Recording, sharing, and providing feedback on videos with your PLC is an excellent practice. It can help make recording and sharing videos and receiving input from a coach, peers, and administrators less time consuming and cumbersome. 

5. Tracking student learning

At the beginning of a school year or a new semester, ask your students to complete a Teams by Swivl Session. Have each student set their Intention for the course. Have them answer the question, “What do you hope to learn during this school year?”

Throughout the course, have students complete assignments via video. At the end of the course, ask them to revisit their intention. Using short clips from each video assignment, students can use the Teams by Swivl platform to Merge clips to demonstrate what they have learned.

In the Summary section of their Session, ask the students to complete a self-reflection on the course. Did their intention change over time? What did they learn during the course? What did they learn about themselves and their interests?

Teachers can participate in the students’ learning by using the Feedback feature of Sessions.

6. Student presentations

To help students become more self-reflective and improve their presentation skills, invite them to record themselves giving a presentation. Using the five-step Sessions process, students can:

  1. Describe their goal for the presentation in the Intention section
  2. Identify the parts of their presentation that supported their plan or need improvement in the Feedback section
  3. Detail what they could do better for their next presentation in the Summary section
  4. Share the Session with their teacher, which allows teachers to add Rubrics and Summarisation to the project
  5. Engage in asynchronous conversation with their teacher in the Feedback section

*The information in this blog post is extracted from Swivl.


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