Updated: Mar 11, 2020
I have with me Robert Kaplinsky a Math educator who developed the #observeme movement and @GrassrootsWS. If that isn't enough he is also the co-creator of @openmiddle, #whyopenmiddle. You cand find out more about Robert here: http://bit.ly/rkupdates. During this interview, Robert shares his teaching journey. He was emergency certified to teach in California and he reflects upon his experience that led to his credentials and a successful teaching career of 15 years. Today Robert is spearheading the Grassroots Workshops professional development series.
What did you love about as a student and want to give that experience to other students?
What did you not like about teaching from a teacher perspective and not want to do in your own teaching?
Both ends of the observation spectrum (being observed and being the observer) is a powerful relationship.
Educators are sharing signs that invite people into their classroom, ask for feedback in specific areas, and take observations into the hands of the educators.
Who knows more about teaching than the people that are you working with - your peers? Use the collective knowledge.
Think about what feedback you want
Use how questions with a growth mindset
Check out #observeme on social
For help creating your own sign check out https://robertkaplinsky.com/troubleshooting-observeme/
Tips for the observer
Build a positive relationship
Use a 5 to 1 ratio - 5 positives for 1 area that needs improvement
Meaningful feedback with lots of positive reinforcement
Try to focus on 1 thing that the teacher or student can do better during the lesson
Tips for the observee
Be specific in what you want feedback about
State it with a "how" question
Focus on the "why" of the lesson
Math teachers listen up this section is for you! Sometimes the best problems have closed endings, but open middles. Meaning there is one answer but you can get to it in different ways. This can add to the conversation about how the strategies are connected and have a deeper understanding. Find out more here: https://www.openmiddle.com/ . Also, check out #whyopenmiddle on social media to see how teachers are embracing this practice.
Take control of your own professional learning. Grassroots workshops provide flexible online workshops from educators that last for 6 weeks but you have access to the content for 4 months! Learn a little bit, try it out and reflect. for more information go to https://grassrootsworkshops.com/
Advice for future math teachers
Understand that you don't know what you don't know.
Learn the why behind your content area
The more that you learn the more that you realize you don't know.
You are always improving
EduMagic tie in
You need to get connected on social media it is a crowdsource of the best ideas out there from educators around the world
Need a digital presence and be online.
Get started by reading what people are doing out there in their classrooms.
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