Should Teachers Teach More From Peer Coaches Than Administrative Evaluators?

879 WordsSep 27, 20154 Pages
I believe the author makes a valid argument when he makes the claim that teachers can learn more from peer coaches than administrative evaluators. In the last year my principal observed my teaching twice. A couple of other administrators came into my room, but most left without giving me any feedback. In order for teachers to grow, they must be giving information that will take their teaching to the next level. On my campus, I think that the administrators do not value the observation process. It has become more of a chore. They are required to visiting several classrooms each week and try to do so as quickly as possible. When feedback is giving, it is merely checkmarks or one word responses such as: engaged, in zone, whole group. In previous years, I was giving a question to ponder after an observation. One such question was, “How do help your team create open-ended high-order thinking questions?” Although this was a thoughtful question, it was not related to any of my annual goals, nor was ever brought up during my summative conference. It seemed like no one cared about the reflection I had done or the plans I made to address the issue. Teachers are turned off by experiences such as this which are disrespectful. If definitely agree that both teachers and coaches need time to practice giving and receiving feedback. In my district there are several positions with the title of coach. These educators are given the task of supporting their department, disseminating
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