I have a new role this year. In addition to teaching middle school math (this year I have 6th graders), I am also doing some instructional coaching. This really is a dream combo for me because I still love being in the classroom, but I've been wanting to try math coaching as well. So, I'm teaching four periods, have a personal plan, a team plan, lunch, and two periods to dedicate to coaching.
I am so grateful to the teachers that have been receptive to me popping in their rooms and how open they have been to feedback.
But, it got me thinking, that if I want teachers to be okay with me coming in their rooms, I need to make myself open to that as well. So, I've invited everyone in the school to come to my room any day, any period I teach. Do I have some periods that have better behavior, or some periods will less challenges, sure! But I think it is important to be vulnerable myself and make sure I'm not just presenting a polished version of myself and my teaching.
So far, I have had 1 teacher stop by (thanks, Anna!). I am going to try to follow up with any teacher that comes to my class. I want to model my reflective process, so I'm going to let them know what I think went well and what challenges I saw. Then I'm going to ask for feedback. First, I think it will help me to get some feedback! In addition, I want to make it clear that I am always working on improving my practice as well. No one has it all figured out, no matter how long you've been in the classroom!