After Sunday morning chats with the Tweeps of #hacklearning and #sunchat, I knew I needed to reflect on my #observeme goals I have posted outside of my office door. Once school starts, it’s very easy to forget the goals you have set forth for yourself, so I believe we all need time to stop, reflect, and give things just a little tweak.
Is student learning at the forefront of my conversations, actions, & activities?
Are conversations centered around appreciation, student learning, collaboration, teacher voice, support, and reflection?
How are teaching and learning seen as a priority by being visible?
Tough question as I think back to the conversations I have with my teachers. After PGP (professional growth plan) meetings, my conversations with teachers one on one were far and few between. This is mostly due to that dreaded word…time. My priorities of being in classrooms came first, but I seemed to lack the conversation after the observation unless the teacher needed the support. Saying this out loud helps me to affirm those conversations must take place. They must take place in order to move student learning forward. Meanwhile, I sometimes forget to have those conversations with the teachers who are doing a phenomenal job of moving student learning forward. All teachers need reflective feedback, not just the ones who need the support. I find myself just leaving them a short sentence or two, but I believe they need the face to face affirmation to let them know you have noticed. I mean who doesn’t like to know they are doing a good job? Time to tweak the conversations…
Let’s tweak the way we observe teachers…Each of our teachers has their own goals posted outside their classroom doors. Some have the #observeme hashtag…some created their own #mydoorisalwaysopen. Are we observing each other each week…well of course not, but we are making strong attempts. The leadership team has been on one learning walk this semester and devised a plan for teachers to observe one another. Instead of having a PLC meeting one week, teachers would choose a time during that week to observe someone who had similar goals. At the following PLC, teachers would be given time to share and reflect upon their observation with their peers. Teachers completed a learning walk form to provide evidence of their observation. Can’t wait for the conversations surrounding student learning!
Just a Little Tweak…
ME. I noticed today I needed to “tweak” myself.
Tweak the way I reflect (blog for my reflection).
Tweak the time devoted to reflect, learn, and grow (kind of got in a rut).
Setting an alarm today to give me time to tweak each week to be better than the last.
Do you give yourself just a little tweak every now and again?