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I have no problem when adminstrators "walk through" my room, and wouldn't mind if I were being secretly observed, but those formal, 45 minute observations kill me. I get so nervous I can hardly think, and my written out lesson plans make little sense to me, don't seem good enough, etc. We don't know when they will come, so can't plan a spectacular lesson. The last time my principal came the kids had had a sub for 7 days and were only interested in playing around. I gave up on my lesson, not working, and fished around for something better. The kids, of course, could feel my insecurity and escalated, but I was reluctant to get ugly with them in from of my boss. Instead I kept trying to find some way to engage them in the lesson. It was awfull, the longest 45 minutes of my life. The next time the kids came back to me, everything went smoothly, so it is not that I can't handle them under normal conditions. I fussed at them about how they behaved - infront of their principal no less, and th...See More
Judy2/CA I'm the same way. But if we are being observed we always have a time that is agreed on with the prince. You might want to make up a couple of lesson plans that you could quickly switch to if needed. It can be something that you've already covered but maybe a different approach. That way you're already familiar with it and so are the kids. I don't w...See More
Apr 2, 2011
Leah EXCELLENT advice Judy2/CA.

It has to be stressful to have someone observe, unannounced for 45 minutes! How often does this happen during the year? You might (IF you would feel comfortable doing this) talk to the principal about your reaction when observed, especially after the observation went poorly. Perhaps he/she could drop by for shor...See More
Apr 5, 2011
looneyteachr my principals observe often and for varied amounts of time - i luv that they're interested in what's going on

On 4/05/11, Leah wrote: > EXCELLENT advice Judy2/CA. > > It has to be stressful to have someone observe, unannounced for > 45 minutes! How often does this happen during the year? You > might (IF you would feel comfor...See More
Apr 10, 2011
Chena LOL my classroom is right across from the staff lounge and bathroom, and it is VERY cold in our room since we have an exterior door and we are in Alaska. So, each day after their snack break and before we get into our second long work period, we exercise for 10 minutes, using note cards with various activities students wrote down at the beginning o...See More
Jul 4, 2011


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