Creating a culture of observation and sharing

I’m really interested in trying to perpetuate a culture of classroom observations with my colleagues at school. I think most of us value the opportunity to observe and be observed, but we are all soooooo busy!

Fortunately, we have had some funds become available for instructional coaching in our district. One of the ways this can manifest is through release time to observe other teachers. I’d be happy to do it during some of my prep time, but not everyone feels the same way or is able to do it during that time.

After some discussion with the coaches, and knowing we have two new teachers this year who would probably enthusiastically sign up for this, I’ve just sent the email, hoping to get back some positive responses. Oh wait… my email just dinged… YES my first yes, “I am interested.” Now, just a few more and we can get this going, right?

What could go wrong? Well, a lot if people aren’t on the same page about observing and reflecting and respecting the vulnerable position of the observed. For help with learning how to be observed and how to be a good observer, check out this Education World article.

I’m really excited about getting this going. I think it can really transform our teaching and our sense of collegiality and support. The main thing is that it’s really best for students when it’s done well.

I can’t wait to write about how it goes…

PS. Check out Robert Kaplinsky’s #Observe Me post

3 thoughts on “Creating a culture of observation and sharing

  1. Zach C.

    I hope you guys are able to get this off the ground. We tried last year at my school and one other teacher and myself were the only ones that volunteered to try it. Maybe we didn’t go about it the right way. We spent so much time on making sure teachers wouldn’t feel like other teachers were “evaluating” them. If you guys find success I’d love to hear more about it!

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    1. quantgal Post author

      I will let you know how it goes. I hope you guys can try again with more success. I have a teacher scheduled to observe me using Kaplinsky’s math rubric. Check out that link if you haven’t.

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