Is it time to radically change teacher training?
Teacher training has been the same for a long time! After studying the theory of education, trainee teachers spend blocks of time in schools. They move from observing different aspects of lessons (watching teachers and students) to teaching small parts of lessons, to whole lessons and series of lessons. Feedback (often following a fairly dogmatic script) is given by more experienced teachers and mentors who are present in the room for all or most of the lesson, and self-reflection and analysis are promoted.
But is this the best method?
Compare this process with other professional activities. Watching a video of yourself in action and discussing the actual events in it with an expert coach is becoming a regular occurrence for many professionals, from sportspeople to surgeons. This idea is now coming to classrooms around the world
We take a look at the key benefits of remote video coaching below and show how they’ve helped teachers in schools we’ve been working with in India and the UK fast track their development… and what they have claimed to be the future of teacher training.