Inviting Teachers In

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!


  1. I love this! It is so true. Reciprocity with respect and servant leadership are seriously understated and the best ways to lead. Excellent idea!

    1. Thanks, Bonnie! I'm glad you mentioned respect... that is really what I'm hoping the teachers feel as I work with them this year. :)


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