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What are some tips for on-the-spot reflections before I leave the classroom?

Nov 9, 2014 4:46pm

My reality is that teachers are so stressed and filled with meetings that I try not to add one more meeting to their schedules.

  • English Language Arts
  • K-6
  • Coaching


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    • Nov 13, 2014 7:14am

      When I know that the chances of the teacher agreeing to a reflective conversation after a classroom visit are slim, I have used a different approach. I warmly thank the teacher for the visit as I leave the classroom. Then my personal goal is to send feedback via email within an hour. I share the three most important noticings from the time in the classroom.

      Whenever possible I affirm all that is being done to promote student learning. I address only one growth area, usually fronted with the idea that it might look different on another day in that classroom, suggesting that we might plan a return visit to focus on that area.

      My teachers appreciate quick feedback and recognition of what is going well. Most often, the offer to return opens doors to do some consulting or joint planning before I come in to the class again.