Video Coaching at Elmhurst: An update from Mr Cater and Mrs Mawanda

Elmhurst School for Boys

10th November 2017

The implementation of video coaching for teaching staff, is now well underway at Elmhurst. The staff have been experimenting with ‘Swivl’ video technology over the first half of Autumn term, and this half term, they will begin coaching each other in their year groups, enabling them to develop their teaching practice further.

The videos of teachers conducting their lessons, which will be shared only with other staff, will allow the teachers to reflect on their planning, actions in the classroom and the opportunities they provide that promote learning within the classroom. 

Mr Cater says:
“This year, Elmhurst has invested in Swivl video technology which will enable staff to reflect on their teaching and how this impacts on the boys’ learning. This is important because, by allowing teachers the opportunity to view their own work from a different perspective, watching as an observer might, they are able to reflect on their own practice and as a result make improvements which will have a positive impact on learning outcomes within every classroom. All staff are involved in this process and are taking it in turns to coach one another, taking a cognitive coaching approach to help facilitate a fully reflective process. The ultimate goal is to improve the learning that takes place within the classroom at Elmhurst, by providing even greater challenges, and opportunities for the boys to achieve.” 

Mrs Mawanda says:
“Some staff were initially apprehensive watching themselves on camera, but after watching their own videos back, they have been able to identify many strengths in their teaching practice and also to identify some potential areas of development, that they were not aware of before. By all reflecting on our teaching practice in this way, we are ensuring that every pupil gets the very best from each lesson and is supported in reaching their full potential.”

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