Video is an empowering teaching tool. To make the most of it, leaders must cultivate trust for both teachers and students so that everyone feels safe and comfortable.
Here are are some ways to build trust:
Start small. Implement video gradually, as you feel ready. Start with a pilot for volunteers, rather than making it mandatory for all.
Make it easy. Video doesn’t require complex technology. Streamline the technology ahead of time to ease its adoption in the classroom.
Be clear. How will video be used, and how often?
Empower teachers. Allow them to choose which lessons will be shown, and remind them that no lesson is perfect.
Engage teachers early. Include them in the decision-making process around video use from the outset.
Align video use with school and instructional priorities. Everyone should understand why it is being used.
Most of all, recognize time constraints.
It’s important to integrate video into existing responsibilities, processes, and time frames to avoid stress, and consider what may come off teachers' plates as you add video.
Important Trust Considerations
Consider how you can alleviate the fear of being filmed.
Raise awareness around how video aids improvement.
Address concerns over time, resources, or
Establish strategic alignment around district goals.