I’m one of the lucky ones. I get to test a new iPad for our school district for some time this year. In thinking about areas I’d like to really use the iPad, I know I can really use it during walkthroughs – combined with Google doc forms. Yep, I want to try that. When I visit with the teachers after walkthroughs, I find it interesting that the conversation teachers want to explain (or defend) most is that of student engagement – but only when there is a lack of it.
When a teacher starts down this conversational path, I know it is a teaching moment for me as a leader, and the conversation will be guiding the teacher into reflecting on what he or she was doing during that time where the students were not engaged. I have decided to include the teacher engagement process on my Google doc. How should I include that? If you are a teacher reading this, what would you want me to ask you? What data would I collect? How would you want to know if you are engaged with your students? Building principals, what do you use to measure whether or not a teacher is engaged? Suggest anything. Suggest everything. The list of what not to include is often as helpful and what should be there.
I know it’s hard to believe, but I still find teachers sitting at their desks working with students asleep at their own desks in the middle of a class period. I don’t mean one teacher on a rare occasion, I mean the same teacher over and over. Even if this happened at the end of a class period, we know we are supposed to respond to that. If you share ideas with me, in one month, I promise to share the Google doc form we create with our collective thoughts right here with all of you. And I will test it. Promise.
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