Purposeful Focus Areas (3 blog posts under 250 words – post 1) #IMMOOC #ObserveMe

I try to pick 2-3 areas I want to improve on each school year. This summer I was introduced to the #ObserveMe challenge. Teachers post a sign outside their door, share on social media to invite others into their rooms to observe them and provide feedback.

This year my focus areas are:

  1. Student collaboration
  2. Evidence of inquiry based learning
  3. Positive student relationships

My action steps include:

  1. Regular opportunities for students to collaborate combined with direct instruction on how to collaborate effectively.
  2. Professional Development and book study on inquiry based learning, and Project Based Learning. My goal here is to teach all my science units as PBLs and my challenge is to try at least one PBL in another subject area.
  3. Read the Morning Meeting book and practice and improve upon morning meeting daily! My goal is to never rush morning meeting because that time together is so powerful for relationship building.

I chose to participate in #ObserveMe in the hope that I could collect feedback from peers, parents, and administrators frequently. Then have the time to reflect on that feedback and act on it. I’m struggling with actually getting people to come into my room. I would love to hear your ideas for getting people in my room!

Below is my #ObserveMe sign! I challenge YOU!

2 thoughts on “Purposeful Focus Areas (3 blog posts under 250 words – post 1) #IMMOOC #ObserveMe

  1. Getting teachers to buy in to this is very difficult. Not everyone has the same comfort level that you do and I think they feel if they participate they will have to do the same in return. Perhaps you could send out an invitation to a couple of teachers (you know the ones who will do it). Ask them to come in and watch for ______________. Pose it this way, “I would love for you to come in and give me feedback on how my students are collaborating.” Sometimes they just need a little nudge!

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