Worried about observation yesterday

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  1. Jerseygirlteach

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    I had an observation yesterday during math. I'm supposed to have two paras with me - one F/T and one P/T. My F/T para has been out for 2 months and counting for another one of her workman's comp injuries :rolleyes: and my P/T was out yesterday for whatever her reason was. There was a sub for my F/T para, but not for my P/T. So, we get into our math groups. I put the sub with my smaller math group and me with my larger group. I usually have a para work one-on-one with my one very difficult student but I was short a person so I couldn't do that. Anyway, my sub struggled with the small group because he wasn't used to working with them so I had to keep checking on them instead of just working with my group. Even worse, I didn't have any help for my one difficult student and she pulled out all the stops during the observation - rolling on the floor for a bit, getting up and wandering around the room a couple of times, playing with "toys" rather than not doing her work and rebelling when I took stuff away from her by turning her chair backwards and crossing her arms across her chest. I spent at least 50% of the lesson dealing with her.

    My supervisor left when I was going over the homework. By the way, I warned her about this student in advance, but I'm still nervous. Should I email her and explain that I was down a para? She should know this, but I don't think it will register with her. :(
     
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    I wouldn't worry. It sounds like the admin got an authentic observation. If you're still concerned then I would mention it at your post observation meeting.
     
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    I'm glad she saw it. Hope it all "registers"!
     
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    You know... I always worry about getting observed at times like this, as well. But, then I think, "It's about time they see all the crap I'm dealing with when I'm short on paras/dealing with a lone extreme problem child." Better to see what really goes on in your classroom than to think you've got it easy, even when you're short-staffed. If your admin gives you any trouble, then explain. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry. :2cents:
     
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    What evaluation plan is your district using? You need to go into your post ready to talk about how you use your paras, the situation with sub/absent para. You did what you could do in difficult circumstances...
     
  7. Jerseygirlteach

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    We use the Danielson model and this was my first observation of the year so I'm not sure what to expect. I hope she sees it the way you do...:)
     
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    I smiled when I read your post because I went through the same worries and we use Danielson too... we have a new principal this year and he is tough...rumor has it that he has 1/2 of the staff on improvement plans following the formal observation- I think it all depends on your principal. Hopefully yours will be more understanding than mine is. Hang in there :)
     
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    Hopefully you will get feedback from the observation and this will show administration the difficulties you are having when you don't have a para on a regular basis and who know the students.
     
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    Did you get your write-up back? How did it go?
     
  11. Jerseygirlteach

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    No, but thanks for asking. Last year it took me over a week to get feedback so I have no idea what to expect.
     
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    Doesn't your district have a time limit on when your written feedback should be received? Check your contract.

    We are using Danielson this year as well. It's a big pain in the butt! Did you do your post conference questions yet? Make sure you explain everything in detail there.
     

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