SOL day 18Observations are a huge help for allowing teachers to grow. In our program, we had supervisors come in every few weeks and watch us teach. The advice afterwards was the best part! It was very nerve-wracking for the first one, but eventually, I barely noticed him at the back of the room. This post stood out to me because experienced teachers can still be improved, and having someone else watch you helps with the small things you might not pay attention to when you teach.
For my love of going into other people’s classrooms, I always feel a sense of dread when it comes time to do the formal observations. There’s always a tendency to ‘put on a show’ rather than just ‘do your thing.’
I’m wondering why that is.
Fear of stuffing up – those lesson plans I’ve made almost always end up being stuffed up by an expected curve ball. Technology that always works sometimes doesn’t. A kid is having a moment. You get tongue-tied.
Fear of negative judgement – Teaching is a deeply personal activity and one that requires huge amounts of emotional investment if you are doing the job right. Putting yourself out there opens yourself up to the risk that someone might not like what you are doing requires strength.
I’ve been in schools where observations just happened, a senior leader would plonk themselves in the room unannounced…
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