There are a wide variety of tools an instructional coach can use when partnering with teachers, and each coaching partnership is unique in its needs, challenges, and the strategies used to achieve their goals. But there is one thing that all coaches can use to improve in any coaching conversation: video.

In the video below, Jim Knight discusses a key insight learned from partnering with instructional coaches from Beaverton, Oregon. At the end of their project together, Jim asked the coaches, “What is the most important thing coaches should do if they want to improve?” Their answer was, “Video record coaching conversations.” In this 2-minute video, Jim explains why the Beaverton coaches were right and how everyone can learn from video recordings of themselves.

While this video was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, video is now more valuable than ever, and reviewing video of coaching conversations remains one of the most powerful ways to improve.

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