She has the site organized by elementary, middle, and high school (the same as our schools), but of course the teacher best practices are applicable to all teachers. The personal touch she adds to these videos really make them meaningful to our teachers. It also helps teachers feel like what they are doing really does matter, and that people think they are doing a good job! We all know that perception is reality, and this site is helping FCS teachers see all the great things happening in our own classrooms! Check out her site: http://www.teachlearnconnectfcs.org/
(Below is a recent update to Jill's blog)
"...The Power of Video "
Last March, I posted a blog about Nira Dale''s Teach Learn Connect website. She is our District ELA Specialist, and has created a website http://www.teachlearnconnectfcs.org/ that is modeled after the Teaching Channel. Her website adds value and meaning to our teachers because her videos are OUR teachers using the strategies with OUR students (sometimes when teachers watch "professionally" made video, they struggle to see it working in their actual classrooms)...
One of the videos I made, called Meaningful Conversations, came about because I had noticed that I wasn't seeing a lot of student led conversations in the classrooms. So, I went into random classes throughout the day for a week or so and looked for times when students were doing more of the talking. I also looked through resources we have been using through ABPC and found quotes and information about student engaged conversation. By embedding these in the video, teachers get the added benefit of not only seeing our students in action, but also get a little professional development on the sly! In a nutshell, what I wanted to say is that initially I shied away from using video myself. I knew my sound wasn't perfect, I wasn't having time to schedule and coordinate lessons to video, and I knew there were professional resources out there that I could use. However, I can now see the confidence it gives my teachers to see themselves and their students doing the things we are talking about. And the videos don't have to be perfect, in fact the "realness" of them is part of what makes it seem possible!
TLCShare is authored by Nira Dale, Apple Distinguished Educator and ELA Instructional Specialist of Florence City Schools. Nira has designed TLCShare as a platform for educators to co-author meaningful reflections as practitioners in their classrooms and across the school district.