4 ways Coaches can use LearnZillion videos

This post was written Lisa Bernstein who has spent the past fifteen years working in schools, both in the classroom and as a literacy coach in Washington D.C.

Teacher Collab

Build your teachers’ confidence and capacity by using instructional videos in these four ways:

1. Anchor a discussion on effective lesson content

Despite our best intentions, teachers sometimes perceive coaching as mere criticism. Anchoring a coaching session around video lessons makes it easy for coaches and teachers to sit on the same side of the table (both literally and figuratively) and evaluate a lesson together. Whether a teacher decides to emulate or avoid the choices shown in the video, teacher and coach can make a deliberate choice about instruction based on a model. TIP: Ensure that your lesson has well-researched content; learn about our rigorous research method in making LearnZillion lessons here.

Payoff – enriches the coach-teacher relationship around content through collaboration

2. Search for specified content

A vast library of video lessons gives teachers and coaches the ability to explore granular content areas segmented by subject, grade, topic, and even specific standards. On LearnZillion.com we enable this type of dynamic searching with our 3 ways to find resources.

Payoff – find the exact resource you need, quickly

3. Enable job-embedded PD 

Teachers can watch a 5-10 min video lesson as a form of micro-PD. Lessons provide both pedagogical and content to improve teacher practice and knowledge as well as increase student learning. Coaches can suggest this method so that teachers can efficiently digest their learning over time.

Payoff – effective use of time

4. Translate directly to practice

Video lessons can be directly adapted to classroom practice, or even used directly with students as whole class instruction, small group or individual support for a particular skill.  Video lessons can be the focus of an activity center or even assigned as homework.  (Link: post on 9 ways to use video lessons with students)

Payoff – translate your own learning into student results

Trying something new in any context can be tough!  For teachers, the opportunity to see a lesson taught in a different way oftentimes will increase his or her confidence to try something new in their practice.  So try our new Common Core Aligned lessons in your coaching.

Any other ideas for how coaches can use instructional videos? Share them with us at feedback@learnzillion.com

Parent Resources: 4 Ways to Support Your Child’s Learning with Instructional Videos

Parents: Are you eager to help support your child’s learning at home? Could you use a refresher on a few concepts yourself? Take heart! LearnZillion’s free video lessons for students in grades 2-12 are here for you. Here are just a few ways our high-quality lesson content can help you at home:

Supporting Learning at Home


1. Create a consistent instructional environment for your child

Use teacher-assigned video lessons to help your child receive regular support and reinforcement from all the adults they know. Kids really benefit from consistent messaging and multiple exposures to new concepts (eg: multiplication).


2. Refresh your own understanding of difficult concepts

Refer to LearnZillion videos to help your child understand difficult concepts, such as dividing fractions, identifying equivalent ratios, or analyzing an author’s use of rhetoric. The two-to-five minute lesson videos break down tricky concepts step-by-step. If you decide to watch along with your child, pause or re-watch the video at key moments so that your child can develop his or her own solution before seeing the answer modeled.


3. Get a deeper understanding of your child’s curriculum

Get a window into the concepts your child is tackling in the classroom. LearnZillion video lessons provide transparency around the Common Core for teachers and parents alike. Lesson sets describe one teacher’s interpretation of an entire standard, and each lesson video gives an up-close view of a specific concept within a standard. (Tip: Have the Common Core Standards laid out for you by looking at the Common Core Navigator.)


4. Supplement as practice work

Is your child ahead of the school curriculum? Our videos help both struggling learners, and those who are ready for more, build their knowledge and understanding of new concepts. Our lesson sets allow you to see how a concept progresses in complexity within a standard, and by exploring lessons from other grade levels, you can provide  your child with a rigorous and exciting learning environment at home.

Have other ideas you’d like to share? Let us know by commenting below.

To learn more about other creative ways that teachers are using our instructional videos, check out 9 Ways to use LearnZillion With Students.