22 Jan We All Need Growth #KidsDeserveIt
Something we talk about quite often is growing. Growing as professionals and personally as well. Not one of us has reached that pinnacle of knowing everything. Though sometimes we all like to act (yes, even me) like we do!
One way that I’ve tried to share this with my team is through our Swivl Recordings. We have a Swivl robot and it’s amazing. The teacher wears a marker/microphone around their neck and the robot turns and follows the teacher as they move around the room and speak.
Since we finished all our teacher evaluations before Christmas, during January we wanted to continue growing. So we’re recording every teacher for 30 minutes in January and the teacher then will watch their recording and submit a written reflection over what they see and how they’re addressing the two areas of refinement we identified in December.
Yes, recording yourself, much less watching it, is scary. I hate hearing my voice, seeing the way I move, etc. But I know when I did it as a teacher, there were GREAT things I learned. But since we asked our teachers to do it, my admin team felt we needed to do the same. So over the last two weeks myself, as well as my admin team, went into classrooms and taught a lesson and recorded ourselves.
Then during our staff meeting this week, the teachers will get to choose which admin lesson they want to watch, and THEY will rate US using our T-TESS (State of Texas) evaluation system. Then myself, and my admin team, will spend the spring semester working on our areas of refinement based on how the teachers rated us.
Was/Am I terrified to do this? Of course!! But as campus leaders we must also be growing, learning, and modeling. Plus I view myself as an INSTRUCTIONAL leader. How can I call myself that if I’m not actively teaching, growing, and bettering THAT craft??