Field Trip: See Reality, Get Better

One of the best things teachers can do to improve their practice is to film themselves teaching, then replay and reflect. This week, we speak with well-known researcher and author Dr. Jim Knight, to learn how teachers and administrators can best use classroom video to enhance teaching, mentoring and coaching.

Dr. Knight’s 2014 book Focus on Teaching looks at this topic in-depth. In this interview, we ask him about:

  • Why video is so helpful to teachers – even though it may be uncomfortable
  • Good first steps to take in using video for self-reflection and coaching
  • Why and how video is also useful to principals, coaches and teams
  • Best practices in using video for self-reflection and providing peer feedback
  • How to begin fostering a culture of using video in your school or district

Books, videos and other resources from Dr. Knight can be found at