What if... teachers as professional athletes?

 Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press


What if we treated teachers like professional athletes and gave them access to "game film" of their teaching?

What if that access were nearly-real time? What if a school had a learning rounds culture and system that enabled small teams of "coaches" (i.e., other teachers) to slip into a class, "clip" scenes of that teacher's work, and then do a review with the teacher half-way through the class period? For veteran teachers comfortable with feedback, what if students were involvedin that "half-time" review?

*Inspired by this fascinating analysis of the half-time routine that contributes to the Golden State Warriors' tremendous success.

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Christian Talbot