I blog to share my feelings. I blog to reflect. I blog to refine my practices, and hopefully, become a better teacher. That’s why I need to write this post, and it’s a hard one to write. I have a confession to make: walkthroughs terrify me! Now that being said, please don’t get me wrong. I absolutely adore our administrative team: Paul Clemens and Kristi Keery-Bishop are fantastic people to work with! I learn a lot from both of them, and I appreciate how much they consistently get me thinking.
They’re not intimidating at all. They come in, talk to students, and see what’s happening in the classroom. The students love sharing their learning with them, and they’re always excited when they come for a visit. And I love that my administrators are so visible in the classroom and so eager to be a part of the learning environment. In fact, I welcome Paul and Kristi in the classroom anytime … even though their visits scare me.
So why do their visits concern me? They do because I’m afraid that there’s going to be a problem. I’m afraid that I’m not going to be good enough. I’m afraid that the lesson is not going to go as planned. I’m afraid that their snapshot of the learning environment will not capture everything.
And you know what? Sometimes there are issues. Sometimes I wish that Paul and Kristi showed up at another time and observed a different lesson. But even if this is the case, I think about what worked and what didn’t, I ask them for feedback (not because they’re there to evaluate me, but because I want to improve, and feedback helps me with this), and then I try again.
Walkthroughs may terrify me, but I’m getting better at working through being scared. 🙂 How do you feel about walkthroughs? What advice can you give me to overcome being scared? I hope that by the end of this year, I can confess that walkthroughs delight me — period! I’m working on it. 🙂