Dropping in for a visit at my new school...

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  1. MathManTim

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    The principal for the school at which I will teach in fall has said that I was more than welcome to come in and observe any of the classes at any time. I really wanted to stop in and see a couple of the math classes in action. Should I call ahead and make an appointment, or can I really just stop in at any time?

    I'm thinking of giving them at least a day or two's notice. Anyone else?

    MathManTim
     
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  3. mrsnikki

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    I think they would appreciate the notice..especially so the teachers you want to observe know ahead of time :) It is always best to be overly formal in the beginning!
     
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    I would also call ahead of time and make an appointment, so that they might be able to set-up teachers for you to observe. Also, that way you can make sure that you won't be coming in during a test.
     
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    Oh, I would definitely call! Good luck!
     
  6. ku_alum

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    Yep, call first. The spring is crazy.
     
  7. cheeryteacher

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    And next week they will probably be finishing up ISTEP makeups and preparing to ship the tests off. I'm sure they will appreciate a call.
     
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    I would definitely call ahead and give them a heads up about your visit. I know that if I were to have a random person just show up at my door, it would throw me off a bit.
     
  9. Aliceacc

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    Some teachers get really nervous about being observed by another adult. And some may be planning a test.

    I agree with the others here-- call and let them know a day or 2 ahead of time.
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
  11. frogger

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    Yes definitely - you never know what's going on at the school and the classrooms. I know I would appreciate knowing if someone was going to come in and observe me.
     
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    I know cheeryteacher mentioned ISTEP, but if your new school is a high school we are just starting ECA's. If you dropped in during ECA's, all you would see if a bunch of students in front of a computer screen.

    When you schedule your visit, you might want to ask if you can have access to teacher resources to the courses you will be teaching. If you can it will allow you to start planning this summer.
     
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    Good institutions don’t mind the visit of their aspiring students but it is always good to go there with appointment.
     
  14. Aliceacc

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    The OP has been hired as a teacher for next year, but I agree with you.

    And I teach with my door open, and honestly don't mind if anyone pops in, but I think I'm the exception in my building. LOTS of teachers get nervous in front of company, and would love the heads up.
     
  15. adventuresofJ

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    I have no problem teaching with my P or our Director or my partner in the room, but I feel really weird when someone i do not know comes in the room.
     
  16. Hoot Owl

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    I've had drop-ins my whole teaching career. I wouldn't change much of anything if I knew you were coming in advance.
     
  17. Aliceacc

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    I would reconsider scheduling a test or a quiz for a particular day, but that's pretty much it.
     
  18. Teaching Grace

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    Definitely call! I did that alot before my first year too! It was especially great to see those who were going to be on my grade level the next year!
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    Call ahead, and make it clear - in your call and on the day - that you're there to learn, not to criticize. Smile. And save a special smile for any of the classified staff, especially secretaries and janitors: they don't quite have the power to make your life heaven or, um, heck, but they come closer to that power than an unsuspecting observer might think.
     

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