Though recent years have seen tremendous progress toward collaboration and sharing ideas between teachers, whether with grade-level teams, content-alike teams, district or personal learning networks, teachers still struggle with how they can implement what they learn in their room with their students. When teachers are practicing something new, whether it's an instructional practice, behavior management technique, technology tool, etc., they need feedback to really improve practice. This can be accomplished with peer observations, instructional coach support, or administrator walk-throughs with comments, but those can all produce a level of stress that preclude willingness to participate.
One of the most powerful components of the National Board Certification process is the analysis and reflection on videos of your own teaching. The guiding questions in the entries lead the candidate to reflect on specific aspects of performance, and talk about strengths and possible future changes. Teachers need to have this opportunity to use technology, have guiding documents and training, and opportunities to share or not share their videos with colleagues - in person or virtually. Viewing video of your own classroom can give information about your performance, but can also capture things you may have missed the first time around, like student facial expressions, questions or conversations that may have been rushed or missed, general efficiency of classroom set-up, and much more!