As a Principal, I get the opportunity to observe my teachers. This is a dedicated time that is designed to go into the class room and see what they are doing and compare them to our TLE (Teacher and Leader Effectiveness) Rubric. Once I watch the teachers do “their thing”, then teacher and I will sit down and discuss areas of effectiveness and areas of growth. This is required by law.
I want all to know that this is the most enjoyable part of my job. I love watching wonderful teachers do what they do. I loved teaching the kids. I really didn’t care what subject I was teaching, but I love teaching the kids. For this I am honored to work with a groups of teachers that are AMAZING at their craft. Here are some things that I have witnessed in my observations this round:
- I saw students who HATE math engaged and asking questions
- I saw students working in groups, using QUIZLET, to review Rebellions and Revolutions history. No offense to the history teachers I had in school, but you guys need to learn from this second year teacher.
- I saw students, working in groups, learning how to use the OXFORD comma. I hope that I used them correctly in this blog.
- I watch students do research on their Chromebooks for learning and understanding.
- I saw students asking questions if they didn’t know the who, what, when, where, or how. I also saw the same student get frustrated and show perseverance when the teacher wouldn’t just give them the answer.
- I saw the “Light Bulb” moments when a student got help from another student and finally understand the math concept.
I could go on and on. But I want to point out, if you haven’t noticed, that everything I saw was “I saw students” doing something. THIS is a sign of a good teacher. Students doing the job of learning.
I LOVE MY JOB. I LOVE MY TEACHERS, I LOVE MY STUDENTS.