November 13, 2015
The bulk of my notations will be in the "Observation Tool" section. This area focuses more on instructional strategies and everyday teaching/learning practices. However, to help you monitor the areas of your Growth Plan, I will occasionally reference the "Teacher Indicator Feedback" area. This is the area that focuses on the three teacher indicators. For Sunshine these are: 3.2- Lessons for Diverse Learners, 6.4 Technology and Media Communication Tools and the self-selected indicator.
After I have completed the observation notes, I will release the observation to you. You will receive an email and can access that observation through your Tower log-on. While we are not held to a hard deadline of five days, I think five days is a reasonable time to allow you to view the observation and make any responses you wish to include. AFTER you have viewed the observation, please include the following phrase, "Ready to finalize" in the TOP RIGHT box of the form. Once it has been finalized, it cannot be changed.
It is important to keep in mind that one observation does not a year make or break. I will be your room many times over the course of the reminder of the year. When you look at your data, look for trends. If you note a lot of lecture lessons being documented, examine how you are delivering instruction. If repeated observations note whole group instruction with no differentiation, consider if you are meeting the diverse needs of your classroom of learners.
I have appreciated the notes you have recorded in the various areas of the observation notes. They have helped me gain a greater understanding of how your class operates and why you have made various instructional delivery choices. Thank you for engaging in the important growth dialogue.
GL Meetings Next Week, Classroom Visits, GR and FL
You need to have visited another Sunshine teacher's building by Thanksgiving Break.
Before Winter Break, make sure I have enjoyed watching a Guide Reading or Fluent Reading lesson in your class.