Clinical Supervision Cycle

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The art of teaching is a difficult to define. The evaluation tools used by school administrators must be counted upon to do just that, define what an excellent teacher looks like and does. Danielson (2010) says that teaching describes not only the teaching that occurs in the classroom but also the behind-the-scenes work of planning and other professional work, such as communicating with families and participating in a professional community. The Framework for Teaching encompasses all of these aspects and more within the teacher evaluation process.
Administrators should enter a teacher’s classroom with the idea that the teacher is a terrific teacher. Preconceived optimistic feelings are essential because the administrator wants to build on the positive aspects of their teaching ability. Nonetheless, it is also important to keep in mind that every teacher can improve in some area. The administrator’s goal for observations should be to build a relationship with each member of the faculty so that offers of advice and ideas on how to improve in areas where refinement is needed can be given in a way that is comfortable for both parties. I chose to observe someone that teaches in close proximity to me, both personally and physically. This teacher, who will in this report called Ms. Merry, has been teaching for over 20 years and has looped this year with her class from the first grade into the second grade. When I first requested to complete the observation cycle with her, Ms.
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