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CPD and self-observation: Tips and ideas to get you started

Using video to record yourself in action in the classroom can provide a powerful form of CPD. Jon Tait looks at the benefits of this approach and offers a range of practical tips and ideas to refine your practice or get you started
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Teaching is an evolving art and as professionals we are constantly seeking ways to refine our skills and maximise our impact on students' learning experiences.

One powerful tool that often goes underutilised in the realm of education is self-observation through video recording. This practice, borrowed from domains like sports and the arts, has proven to be an invaluable method for teachers to reflect on and improve their instructional techniques.

In this article, I explore why using a camera to “self-observe” your own teaching practice is one of the most valuable professional learning activities a classroom teacher can engage in.


The power of reflection

Reflection is the cornerstone of effective teaching. It is something that we are all told we need to do regularly when we begin our initial teaching training, but it quickly falls off the priority list once we get our first job and must deal with the daily demands of teaching five lessons a day.

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