Day 64 – Feedback
By Renee Bodkin
I am grateful for feedback.
Here at school/work teachers have to get observed and evaluated by their administrator twice a year. This year the first observation/evaluation was an unplanned observation. So, the administrator walks in and watches your lesson, observes interactions with students, and takes in the dynamics of the classroom. Mine was a couple weeks ago.
Today I met with my administrator/principal to go over my evaluation. It went well. It was fine. She said I have a good way with my students. I try. She said it looks like they are receptive to me and my teaching. Again, I try. She said that she was concerned about the rigor of my instruction — it may not be tough enough. Again, I try. I explained my theory in why some of the work may be easy — she’s right — part of the lesson she observed was at an 8th grade reading level. My students are 11th and 12th graders. But… that being said, most of my students reading levels are below a 5th grade level. So in my opinion, 8th grade work is challenging for these kids. I respect her feedback and I will do what I can to make learning more rigorous but not to the extent that I lose their interest because the content is being shared at a level that is too difficult for them. She also encouraged me to use technology. Again, I try. I need training on use of the Smartboard. I need it when I can go directly back to my classroom and implement what I’ve learned. My problem is that I was trained how to use this Smartboard in July (the year they were being installed in our classrooms) and my Smartboard wasn’t installed into my classroom until the winter that following schoolyear. By then, most of what I had learned was lost.
So all in all, I am grateful for feedback. I will do more to make improvements in the areas she highlighted because there is always room for growth and improvement.