Strategy 2: Planning Ahead of Time Will Set You Up For Success To build a culture of feedback, scheduling is key. School leaders lives are BUSY. There is always a pressing issue to deal with that may make it tempting to postpone an observation. But just like it’s difficult to get up and go to the gym in the morning after a late night at work, you’ll be glad you did it once you get there. Every teacher, no matter how veteran, can benefit from feedback, and every opportunity to watch them teach is valuable.
Here are three scheduling strategies to help you set yourself up for success:
- Set goals: Identify how many times you will realistically be able observe each teacher in your school over the school year. Is it 3 times a year? Once a month? Once a week?! Whatever is feasible, write it down and post it somewhere in your office. As they say, “What gets measured tends to get done.”
- Schedule in advance: At the beginning of each month, add all of your observations and feedback sessions to your calendar for the next four weeks. You’ll be able to schedule your other priorities around observations, and if you share calendar invites with teachers, they’ll hold you accountable to delivering the feedback.
- Batch process: Things come up that make it easy to cancel or postpone observations. If you can’t schedule four weeks out, block off one or two mornings each week on your calendar to knock out all of your observations, and build your schedule around that.
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Libby Fischer is CEO of Whetstone Education.