How do you get feedback for your job? How do you learn to become a better educator? Early in my teaching career my answers would have been isolated to the formal Rube Goldbergian teacher evaluation system. I believed that if I followed all the procedures in this step by step process, then by default I became a better educator and received enough feedback.
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” - Maya Angelou
As a connected educator, I now gain feedback daily which helps me grow and learn in collaborative formats through Twitter, Flipboard, virtual learning walks, Voxer book studies, and other personalized PD. This year I am trying a new way to get feedback through #ObserveMe by posting my personal goals on my door (as seen below). As an administrator, I still get to participate in the formal feedback from professional evaluation, but I am also asking teachers to help me with some informal feedback by observing me in the hallways, in meetings, and in their own classrooms. In this way, I am hoping everyone in our building can help me reach my goals and learn from my mistakes in real time. We all win when we participate in this learning together.
Here is the sign on my door!
Assistant Principal at Wachter
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