iAspire Reflect

Using Videos During Teacher Observations Part 4 – Introducing iAspire Reflect

In our previous three posts, we have discussed my own personal struggles with the teacher observation process, creating an environment where teachers self reflect, and sharing a wonderful resource called the Best Foot Forward Project from the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.    Properly evaluating teachers where a focus is on concrete evidence (video) can be a […]

Teacher Evaluation

Using Videos During Teacher Observations Part 3 – Helping You Get Started

“The reflection that I did myself, when I videoed, offered me more opportunity for growth than anything an outsider could do for me. Watching my kids, what went on in my room, how I handled it, and things I said—that was more important than any sit-down that I could have with anybody [else]. ” Best […]

Video Self Reflections

Using Videos During Teacher Observations Part 2 – Teacher Self Reflection

Last week I spent some time talking about my own personal struggles when completing observations.  As a quick recap, these difficulties included an inability to notice, and capture, everything that happened in the classroom, the difficulty in remembering and recalling the specific details of each lesson when in an observation conference with a teacher, and […]

Video Observations Part 1

Using Videos During Teacher Observations Part 1 – My Own Struggles

We have noticed an interesting yet exciting trend in recent years with regard to teacher evaluations.  Many schools, districts, and organizations have been incorporating coaching (or aspects of it) into the evaluation process.  Most notably, the idea of collegial conversations focused on ongoing, incremental growth has been a noticeable trend. You may have heard the […]

SMART Goal Setting Teacher Education

6 Best Practices for Professional Growth Goals

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar For many of you, another school year has come and gone.  Have you reflected on what professional or organizational goals you and your staff accomplished?  If you haven’t, you’re not alone.  A study in 2016 found that only 8% of people set and achieve their […]

5 Best Practices for Classroom Walkthroughs

[Infographic] 5 Best Practices for Classroom Walkthroughs

Our blog post on the 5 best practices for classroom walkthroughs was so popular, we decided to turn it into this easy-to-share infographic.  There’s nothing better than a simple, concise visual reference.  As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words! Resources: http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/turnaround-principles/classroom-walkthrough-development-samples.pdf http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/dec07/vol65/num04/Classroom_Walk-Throughs.aspx https://www.naesp.org/resources/2/Principal/2009/M-A_p30.pdf http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2016/04/the_myth_of_walkthroughs_8_unobserved_practices_in_classrooms.html https://www.amazon.com/Advancing-Three-Minute-Walk-Through-Mastering-Reflective/dp/1412964571

Teacher Observations

Infographic – 5 Best Practices for Teacher Observations

Just two weeks ago, we published a blog post highlighting 5 best practices for teacher observations. It was so popular, we decided to turn it into a simple infographic to share with others! Sources: https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/implementation-support-unit/tech-assist/usingobservationstoImproveteacherpractice.pdf http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/HE/TeachrAssmntWhtPaperTransform10_2.pdf http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/04/20/charlotte-danielson-on-rethinking-teacher-evaluation.html https://networkforpubliceducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/NPETeacherEvalReport.pdf

Best Practices for Classroom Walkthroughs

5 Best Practices for Classroom Walkthroughs

Of all the different components to the various teacher evaluation frameworks out there, the most misused piece is often the classroom walkthrough. It’s no surprise given there’s much less discussion and research on classroom walkthroughs compared to formal observations. In fact, if you googled walkthrough right now you’d get results mostly about video games! In […]

Best Practices for Teacher Observations

Best Practices for Teacher Observations

With so many different frameworks and models for classroom observations out there, it’s no wonder why a large number of educators expressed confusion and frustration with classroom observation and teacher evaluation processes in a 2016 report from the Network for Public Education.  The U.S. Department of Education also indicated as much in their 2015 report […]

The Art of Effective Feedback

The art of giving feedback is just that – an art.  It takes purpose, planning, and practice.  I remember the very first time I emailed feedback to a teacher after observing a lesson.  I wish I could have a mulligan!  Sure I did the best that I could, but I’m not sure the feedback I sent had […]

Guest Blog Post – Making Our Middle School Work: A Student-Centered Approach

The following blog entry is from a friend and former colleague at Noblesville Schools.  Mr. Ryan Rich is principal of Noblesville East Middle School, a school recently selected as a best example of what schools in the state of Indiana should be emulating.  Mr. Rich’s blog can be found here, and a link to the press […]

Is Your Intervention Cheating on You?

So, how many of you snickered the first time you heard the term “Fidelity of Implementation” at a workshop or conference?  The first time I heard it I thought I had entered into a binding nuptial at school.  Many of you have probably heard it go by several different names:  Fidelity of Implementation (FOI), Treatment […]

Co-authoring Student Narratives Daily

Two books by Peter Johnston, Choice Words and Opening Minds, are the foundation of this reflection on the impact we have on children. Every child walks into school each day with much of their story already written. The perceptions and comments of others have already begun to shape their self-image. As educators, we must engage, inspire, and […]

Nobody Rises to Low Expectations

The title for this post came from a quote I heard in a professional development workshop a few years ago in regard to raising the achievement expectations for all students, especially students with special needs or learning challenges.  The basic premise of the presentation was that artificial ceilings should not be accepted for specific students […]

What is the purpose of your lesson? Did your students actually “get it”?

Why, exactly, are students spending time with you today?  What is it you want students to know, understand, and be be able to do as a result of this lesson and unit? Great teaching starts with a great reason to teach! My favorite analogy to describe learning objectives (or lesson objectives, learning targets, learning goals, etc.) […]

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