I'm wondering if you have a culture in your school where the teacher might be comfortable with you taking video. If you video this teacher then sit and watch the video together first, asking that teacher for what s/he notices happening. I'd use this as a gauge of whether or not the teacher is even aware of the potential problem practice. I would use that as a springboard for future conversation. If that teacher picks out the practice you think should be replaced then it's easy. If s/he doesn't notice it then you might chime into the observation and tell factually what you see. Then wonder with that teacher about how to address it.
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I would always start with a student need. If there is a student need for x, how is your current practice meeting that need? How is it not meeting the need? What might need to be revised in the practice to better meet the students needs? The teacher's answers may lead you to the replacement practice. Then it seems like their idea!
Show the teacher what you see that is reflected in the research. Always start with an affirmation. Move on from there.
Hi Melissa, I think J Tiggs below is right on. IF the teacher watches video it can really open the conversation and take you out of the role of being an evaluator. I like Michelle's ideas too.
These are all great ideas! Another thing you might consider is to talk about the specific area of growth (literacy for example) with the teacher and have her/him come up with a list of best practices she/he uses, then share your ideas of best practices in the same area. Move into a more constructive conversation about best ways to support the students in the classroom/school.
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