Therefore, I put together a short informal "to do" list which helps me stay focused on my day-to-day activities. If I am able to accomplish four or five of these every day, it maintains my focus and responsibility to being an instructional leader in the school.
These are in no particular order:
- Meet with a content/grade-level PLC.
- Meet with my own administrative PLC. Radio's off. Door closed. We owe it to each other.
- Pre-conference or Post-Conference with a teacher. I like having Pre-conferences with all my teachers before Formal Observations in Feb/March, even though they are not required. I enjoy the crucial conversations and I believe teachers appreciate the time.
- Formally Observe a teacher. I am currently observing my BT/Probationary teachers who require a third Formal Observation, which are due by the end of March. Being able to complete the observation-portion of the evaluation process does provide a sense of accomplishment, which results in less stress.
- Conduct Walk-Through's in an organized way (i.e., all Algebra I teachers, all World Language teachers, etc.) and provide feedback to all teachers. Personally, I set a five-teachers per week minimum to provide WT Feedback as one of my goals this year.
- Handle needed discipline with students. This is an automatic as an Assistant Principal.
- Touch-base with students, not necessarily as a result of discipline. This could result from assessment data, recommendation by a teacher, or a student that has improved from first semester. A quick, five-minute conversation can go a long way.
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