Strategy 4: Tools can help you accomplish your goals.
Technology has completely transformed both the educational and health sectors, making it easier than ever to map your progress. Fitness tools can help you effortlessly track your steps, heart beats, calories consumed, and even sleep quality—just as education tools can help you identify which standards students are struggling with. Most ed tech tools are student-focused, but teacher coaching platforms are growing in popularity.
These tools have two main benefits: putting everything in one place and real-time insights on teachers’ strengths and areas for growth.
Many school leaders try to cobble together observation systems with a mix of binders, spreadsheets, and email chains. Having one place to store observation notes, share feedback, and analyze trends can reduce the amount of time principals have to spend managing paperwork, leaving them more time to spend in classrooms. Plus, these tools are designed to help users meet their observation frequency goals, with reports that, like a FitBit, track daily progress and help identify and prioritize which teachers should be observed. Beyond that, many platforms have tools for teachers to take the lead on their own professional development, with the ability to conduct peer observations, self-reflect on videos of their own teaching, and goal-setting tools to track their professional growth over the school year.
Libby Fischer is CEO of Whetstone Education.