Series: Success at the Core: Instructional Expertise

Learning Among Teachers
Lesson Objective: Use instructional expertise to address teachers' needs
All Grades / All Subjects / Teacher Collaboration

Thought starters

  1. What is the rationale behind "Free-Up Fridays"?
  2. How are teacher strengths identified at this school?
  3. How have school leaders capitalized on instructional expertise at the school to address the needs of teachers?
8 Comments
THIS IS A FANTASTIC IDEA. I'VE TRIED IT BUT IN GENERAL TEACHER DON'T LIKE TO BE OBSERVED BY OTHER TEACHERS...HOW CAN I MANAGE THAT?
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It's all about creating the right culture amongst your teachers. Once people understand that you aren't observing them simply to judge or see if they are doing a bad job, they lighten up. It is awkward at first, but eventually it becomes "normal" to have someone in your room.
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We are READY at Eaton Elementary in DCPS! Looking forward to our new PD format this year.
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I really like the "Free-Up Fridays," where the teachers on campus are able to observe other teachers while the IC covers the class. This is a great way for other teachers to see what their peers are doing and ultimately have a chance to refine and/or expand their own teaching repertoire.
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I LOVE this concept!! I think it's very inspirational!! Definitely seems like something that can be incorporated into my school!
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School Details

Sylvester Middle School
16222 Sylvester Rd Sw
Burien WA 98166
Population: 658

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Teachers

Vicki Fisher
Patty Chin
Elaine Fingerman
Christy Bowman

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Tutorial

All Grades / All Subjects / Tch Tools

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture