TeachBoost Challenge: Double Your Observations

 

With the new school year approaching, goals are being set by teachers, administrators, and of course students. TeachBoost has a goal for you, school leaders: double the number of teacher observations you did last year.

 

Doubling the observations in your school sounds like a paperwork nightmare to most school leaders. Don't think you can? Here's some steps to get in the classroom more and have frequent, rich feedback conversations with your teachers:

  1. Observe for 15 minutes at a time. By being in the classroom for just 15 minutes, you won't have the time to provide feedback on anything other than a few core focus areas. As an added bonus, use the teacher's professional goals to identify what areas to focus.

  2. Schedule observations. Use your calendar to stay organized and on pace. Use a shared calendar with your Assistant Principals, Department Chairs, or anyone else providing instructional support to manage workload.

  3. Build upon previous feedback. The school year is long and busy; it's difficult to remember what happened the last time you (or your colleague) observed a teacher. Stay organized and review previous observations and portfolios to pick up from where you left off instead of starting from scratch.

  4. Use observations to inform your professional development. By staying organized and spending more time in the classroom, you'll have an unprecedented view of the strengths and weaknesses of your staff. Use this data to drive what types of professional development you conduct throughout the year.

This being a TeachBoost product blog, we naturally want you to use TeachBoost to do all of these things :).

 

Here's how:

  1. Set professional goals and use "goal-based" observation templates. With TeachBoost, teachers can collaborate with administrators to set their professional goals. Whether it's for the entire year, one semester, or two weeks, focus the areas to provide feedback on and decide with your teachers what they should be. When you observe, use the "Goal Based Walkthrough" template to build an observation template from the respective teacher's goals dynamically in real time. We'll link the observation feedback directly to the teacher's goals.

  2. Use TeachBoost to schedule teacher observations. The calendar on the TeachBoost dashboard isn't just for viewing completed and in progress observations; schedule your observations in TeachBoost and sync your calendar. Your observers will share the same calendar, and your teachers can see when observations are coming up (optional).

  3. Leverage teacher profiles to continue where you left off. For every teacher in your school, a profile is available to see exactly what they're doing well and where they can improve. Also available are all previous observations, professional goals, and next steps from previous observations.

  4. Let your school profile show you where to focus professional development. Just like teacher profiles, use the school, department or grade level profiles tell you exactly what areas teachers have mastered, and what areas may be a great opportunity for PD.

  5. Bonus: Let your teachers lead professional development at your next PD day. Why spend thousands of dollars to bring in professional development to your school when you can identify those in your school who already have that expertise? TeachBoost can help you schedule PD sessions around a content area; we'll suggest who should lead the discussion, and who should learn it - completely objectively.

Do you have a great system for instructional coaching that includes practices we haven't listed? Suggest them in the comments, or even write a guest post!

 

If you're interested in how TeachBoost can help you accomplish these goals, visit thecontact page to reach us by phone, email, or live chat!

 

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Product, TeachBoost, Teacher Observation

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