Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction

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To improve our teaching methods, we must understand what our current teaching methods are. And this is impossible to do this based only on our own perceptions or even feedback from observers. A classroom is a dynamic environment and there is always a lot going on that can be missed in the moment. The solution, according to renowned professional development expert Jim Knight, is video. In Focus on Teaching, Knight turns to the vast and disruptive potential of video recording to reach new levels of excellence in ...

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Overview

To improve our teaching methods, we must understand what our current teaching methods are. And this is impossible to do this based only on our own perceptions or even feedback from observers. A classroom is a dynamic environment and there is always a lot going on that can be missed in the moment. The solution, according to renowned professional development expert Jim Knight, is video. In Focus on Teaching, Knight turns to the vast and disruptive potential of video recording to reach new levels of excellence in schools. This book builds on Knight's prior bestsellers to show how every classroom can easily benefit from setting up a camera and hitting "record". The book includes Strategies that teachers, instructional coaches, teams, and administrators can use to get the most out of using video Tips for ensuring that video recordings are used in accordance with ethical standards and teacher/student comfort levels Protocols, data gathering forms, and many other tools to get the most out of watching video With Jim Knight's expertise and the latest in video technology, positive change in your classroom will be immediate and long-lasting.

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Editorial Reviews

Stephanie Hirsch
“While many advocate for using video to improve teaching and learning, Jim Knight combines the rationale and strategies that compel us to take action.”
Robert J. Marzano

"Jim Knight is one of my favorite educational authors. His ability to organize research and theory into comprehensible, action-oriented recommendations is unmatched in K-12 education, and he's done it again with Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High Impact Teaching. It provides a blueprint for any school or district to continuously enhance the instructional prowess of teachers. Some of his concepts like "video-enhanced professional development" are revolutionary in their intent yet consummately simple, clear, and practical. This book should be a standard text for any educator interested in furthering the teaching profession."

Michael Fullan
“Not only is Jim Knight the reigning expert in coaching, but he keeps on innovating. Focus on Teaching extends and deepens how coaching can have a powerful impact at low cost through the purposeful use of video. It's all there--ideas, tools, technicalities, frameworks, application. You can even coach yourself!”
Stephanie Hirsh
"While many advocate for using video to improve teaching and learning -- Jim Knight combines the rationale and strategies that compel us to take action. Aligned to the Standards for Professional Learning, Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction demonstrates how to have unmistakeable impact on educator practice and student achievement! Everyone needs to read this ground-breaking book and then go to work putting the powerful ideas into practice. Another winner!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483344126
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 222,256
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent close to two decades studying professional learning and instructional coaching. He has written or co-authored several books on the topic including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction published by Corwin and Learning Forward (2007) and Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction (2011). Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management (2006) and also edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives (2008).

Knight has authored articles on instructional coaching and professional learning in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Educational Leadership, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Kappan.

Frequently asked to lead professional learning, Knight has presented and consulted in most states, and eight countries. Knight also leads the coaching institutes and the Annual Instructional Coaching Conference in Lawrence, Kansas.

He has a PhD in Education from the University of Kansas and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. Knight also hosts Talking About Teaching on the Teaching Channel and writes the radicallearners.com blog.

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Now, Jim Knight is offering his expertise in an online professional development opportunity!
Coming soon: an eStudy opportunity built around Jim's Instructional Coaching.

Visit our Professional Learning page for more information!

Join Jim Knight and other experts at the 2014 Instructional Coaching Conference to explore how whole school reform is enhanced when principals, teachers, and coaches use collaborative planning and effective Instructional Coaching techniques to improve student learning: www.corwin.com/tlc

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Table of Contents

List of Companion Website Resources
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Chapter 1. The Power of Video
Chapter 2. Getting Started With Video-Enhanced Professional Development
Chapter 3. Instructional Coaches
Chapter 4. Teachers Using Cameras to Coach Themselves
Chapter 5. Video Learning Teams (VLTs)
Chapter 6. Principals
References and Further Readings
Index
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