⦁ What worked well, and why?
⦁ What didn’t work well, and why not?
⦁ What should I keep doing?
⦁ What changes should I make to how I teach this subject or my approaches to teaching and learning or to school leadership?
That’s it! Easy and short.
Make regular entries
Set aside a certain time of the week or day for journal writing
Record your growth and look at small successes
My classroom control seems to be improving. I followed the class rules and used the Time-Out corner to help calm the situation. It worked…I am becoming more confident as a teacher.
or as a leader
…the teacher in the class I’ve been observing is now doing things differently…classroom control is improving. I notice that the teacher is doing what I have been recommending now and …
I’m remembering to get each student’s attention before talking or I can see teachers I’ve been observing doing things differently and children are paying attention and learning more…
I’m smiling more.
As a leader, I am feeling more comfortable with the teachers at my school. The teachers are very supportive, and I am becoming more confident as a leader.
Try to target different aspects of your teaching or leadership to study in detail
Or as a leader, keep notes on the teacher observations for each person. Are you making progress with teachers who have significant issues in their classroom work? What suggestions have you provided for improvement? Are these teachers now implementing the new strategies suggested? If not, why not?