Tuesday, I will shadow a student for the day. During this shadow experience I will not be an administrator in the school, but an observer of my student's experience. I will not carry a walkie talkie, or communicate with the office. I will immerse myself in the experience of my student. My student is a 6th grade boy who is part of the special education program at CV. After the shadowing experience, I will reflect on my observations and Casey, Cassandra and I will debrief together. This observation is part of the School Retool leadership practice and I look forward to looking at the school day with curiosity and a questioning mind. We will share our learning with school retool staff on Friday. In addition, our Community Council will participate in a student shadow experience before the end of the year. We want to look through the data to the student experiences at CV so that we can craft the next steps in our school improvement plan. More details to follow.
Please consider opening up your classroom to peers who want to observe. This is a great opportunity to get feedback and to share strategies. In my experience, this is the best way to learn together. It breaks down walls, establishes relationships and students benefit. If you want to participate, it will count for your snow make-up days. You do have to follow a protocol. I sent out the details last week. If you have any questions, please contact me directly. I hope to see some #observeme postings outside of doors this week. Let me know if I can help.
This edutopia article focuses on the cycle of improvement we as teachers follow to refine our practice. According to David Hawley, the key is the following three questions:
- What should we stop doing?
- What should we start doing?
- What should we continue doing?
As simple as these sound, they provide us a safe, predictable set of questions that became habits of mind, a way to pause and reflect before engaging in something else. Our aim is to get better at what we are doing. To learn more about this process of reflection and renewal, click on the following link: