Quick Tip: Preparing for an Observation
Preparing for an Observation with an administrator can be nerve-racking—especially with all of the increased accountability. Your ability to be successful and to teach “your best lesson” will be dependent on your ability to rise above the fear, to remain in control and demonstrate confidence and ease. The main things they are looking for are 1) Are you ENGAGING your students in a rigorous lesson that is aligned with what they need to know? And 2) Are you in control of your class and is that control developed from positive rapport with your students? Use a format with technology that you and your students are already familiar with. This isn’t the time to be trying something brand new. Take the time to be over prepared with your lesson and materials. This extra effort at the beginning will make your life much easier in the long run. If you demonstrate confidence and ease in teaching they will get off your back and leave you to teach your students while they focus more on the teachers who need more help. Don’t just decide to “wing it” or you could be setting yourself up for a tough road ahead. Give them your best game.
“What We Believe”
We are a group of teachers who believe that teaching is a noble profession.
Our primary focus is on our students, their learning, our personal reflection and the refinement of our skills.
We recognize every child’s ability to make extraordinary learning gains and advocate for their right to a high quality education, regardless of their gender, race, family culture, or socioeconomic status.
We will teach each child in a positive and constructive learning environment, and recognize that developing their character is the precursor to a balanced learning community and academic achievement.
We recognize our potential to impact and transform our students’ lives when our heart is in the right place and our strategies and instruction are succinct.
We think positively, focus on finding solutions, and complete tasks without drama.
We believe in working smarter by thinking smarter, sharing resources, ideas and a collective higher vision for what is possible for our students.
We recognize that teachers, students, parents, administration, and community members are all a part of the collective solution to each child’s success. Therefore we remain modest and cooperative through collaboration.
We will work to recognize our team players with gratitude and foster a climate of cooperation, productive problem solving, and proactive planning for success.
Whereas we love recognition, we realize that is not our purpose for teaching. We are here for the kids and not the accolades. Recognition is found in our students’ accomplishments.
We strive to find balance between our school and home lives. We recognize that finding this balance will allow us to stay in our positions where we can continue to make a positive impact.
We share a positive vision and strategies that transform our students’ lives, and in turn, our lives as empowered educators.