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November 8, 2023

Teaching Channel Talks Episode 79: Learning to Notice—Improving Teaching Through the Use of Video (w/Dr. Miriam Sherin)

So much happens in our classrooms at any given moment, and as teachers, we often have to choose where to place our focus. Video gives us a chance to take a closer look with a different lens!

In this episode of Teaching Channel Talks, we’re joined by Dr. Miriam Sherin, professor and Associate Provost at Northwestern University, to talk about how she uses video to help both prospective and current educators improve their teaching and learning. In this conversation, Wendy and Miriam talk about how the use of video has changed over time, caution against its evaluative use, and explain why “learning to notice” can positively impact our teaching practice.

Our Guest

Dr. Miriam Sherin is a professor of Learning Sciences and the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at Northwestern University. Dr. Sherin holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an M.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research seeks to improve our understanding of how teachers think and learn. Most recently, her research has focused on the idea of teacher noticing and she encourages the use of video to help her students reflect and learn from their instruction.

Our Host

Dr. Wendy Amato is the Chief Academic Officer at Teaching Channel’s parent company, K12 Coalition. Wendy earned her Master’s in Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. She holds an MBA from James Madison University. Wendy began teaching in 1991, has served as a Middle School Administrator, and still teaches at UVA’s School of Education. She has delivered teacher professional development workshops and student leadership workshops in the US and internationally. Wendy and her family live near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Resources for Continued Learning

In this episode, Dr. Sherin talks about some of the annotation tools she and her students use. One of these tools is the new Teaching Channel platform! Learn how we’re harnessing the power of video to bring professional learning and support for educators all in one place.

Miriam and Wendy also stress the importance of not using video as a “Gotcha” tool. Learn how to use video to build a growth-based evaluation system in From “Gotcha” to Growth: Teacher Evaluation Systems That Work, a free eBook from the K12 Hub.

Dr. Sherin has created a resource around the topics she and Wendy discussed in this episode, download the Essential Guiding Questions and Strategies for Using Video.

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