Observation/Evaluation Today

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  1. MrsC

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    Think positive thoughts for me this afternoon--my principal is in to observe/evaluate me while I teach my Grade 7/8 English class. No dog-and-pony show; the students are working on narrative writing so today we are doing a mini-lesson on leads and then the remainder of the period will be spend with peer conferences, conferences with me, revisions and (for some) frantically trying to finish writing their first draft. Nothing fancy or special, just what we would be doing today if she wasn't coming in. I'm hoping that she'll wander around, talk to the kids about their work, but I doubt that (she doesn't interact with students much). I'm hoping that she focuses on the big picture and doesn't get caught up on whether or not I'm following the plan I gave her exactly. I also hope that "that kid" who has a comment for everything can keep himself somewhat contained today--I can deal easily with his comments (which are often hilarious) but she won't be impressed. I also realized yesterday, while meeting with her about today, that this will be the first time in the five years she has been at the school that she has seen me teach.
     
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    Wow! Good luck with that! I hope that everything goes well.
     
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    You'll do splendidly, I'm sure, MrsC - but at least some aspects of this are clearly squirm-inducing. She's truly not been in your classroom for five years??
     
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    Sounds like she hasn't been doing her job if she hasn't been in your classroom in 5 years.
     
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    Good luck today MrsC! I know you'll do great!

    And I can't believe that she hasn't seen you teach in 5 years.
     
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    Wow! 5 years! Holy smokes!
    I bet you will do fabulous! Good luck!
     
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    Good luck. I hope you have a great day!
     
  9. MrsC

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    Things went smoothly. The kids responded well to the lesson, but stayed true to themselves--they were funny and animated. At one point, one of the boys called me over and asked, "What's Mrs Principal doing here? She's making me nervous!" I have my de-briefing meeting after school tomorrow, but she buzzed in to my office a few minutes ago to thank me for a great afternoon.
     
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    Sounds like it went great!!!! Of course I knew it would!
     
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    I glad things went great! I hope she has many glowing things to share at the de-briefing meeting.
     
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    Glad it went well, MrsC!
     
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    Mrs C I wished I lived closer to you! You sound like an amazing writing teacher I would love to observe!!
     
  14. clarnet73

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    Sounds positive! :)

    Mine was scheduled for last week, but we were closed due to snow. My P told me she knows she needs to reschedule me, and I said "I know, I figured you'd let me know when it works in to your schedule."

    I haven't heard back from her yet, but I think she has until the end of March or something like that.
     
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    I'm supposed to have mine soon. Contracts go out next month, but I don't know when he'll have time to do it! :eek:
     
  16. MrsC

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    De-brief meeting went well; in fact she was very flattering! She commented on my interaction with the students which made me very happy as my relationship with my students is something I am very proud of. Other comments: I'm providing the students with valuable, authentic learning experiences; there was a "buzz" in the room from the conversations the students were having; I provide an environment where the students are willing to take risks. I have a few more bits of paperwork to submit to her (which I need to pull together this weekend), and we'll have a further discussion in a couple of weeks to discuss my professional learning goals.

    Enough tooting my own horn--we all need to take pride in what we do each and every day for our students. Good luck to all who have their observations/evaluations upcoming.
     
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    MrsC, I'm glad that it went so well!
     
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    Mrs C I'm glad it went well. My P evaluated me about 4 months ago and still hasn't done my debrief!
     
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    Congratulations on a fabulous observation! You definitely are a wonderful teacher, and your students are greatly benefiting as a result. I am glad that was recognized.
     

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