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.