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Manning, Tom; Sheehy, Kathleen; Ceballos, Leslie – Learning Professional, 2020
Effective mentors set clear expectations for their work with the teachers they support. This is a critical step in the process of building trust between mentor and mentee, and it is never more important than when mentors conduct observations of teachers as they engage in classroom instruction. With much teaching now occurring online, mentoring is…
Descriptors: Mentors, Computer Mediated Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Classroom Observation Techniques
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Boerst, Timothy; Shaughnessy, Meghan; Tenney-Muirhead, Meri – Learning Professional, 2020
School-based mentors are essential partners with teacher preparation programs in preparing novice teachers to have the knowledge, skills, and professional commitments they need to be strong teachers from day one. In many ways, the demands of mentoring, such as critical conversations with colleagues and reflecting, mirror the kinds of engagement…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Faculty Development, Classroom Observation Techniques, Feedback (Response)
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Flowers, Jody A. – Learning Professional, 2019
Professional athletes spend hours honing their skills through video analysis; attorneys video themselves practicing opening arguments or coaching clients; plumbers, mechanics, and electricians video their craft to demonstrate their work. It could be argued that teachers' interactions have more long-term impact than any other professional skill,…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, Video Technology, Classroom Observation Techniques, Coaching (Performance)
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Blank, Rolf K.; Moulding, Brett – Learning Professional, 2019
Since 2013, a majority of states have been working to implement new standards for K-12 science education that are based on the National Research Council's framework for science education and the Next Generation Science Standards. The new science standards emphasize deeper understanding of content in relation to practices and a three-dimensional…
Descriptors: State Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods