Supervision that supports professional growth

Wordle: Reflections from Observation Experience

Supervision that supports professional growth

As part of my masters course work for my Educational Administration degree, I have been learning about ways to support teachers through effective supervision strategies. The word cloud above is made from all my reflections regarding walk-throughs, mini-observations, and full observations with teachers to support their professional growth.

I have really enjoyed working with teachers through this process as well as through our school’s Professional Growth initiative (which is based on self-reflection and collaboration).

From both of these experiences, I have come up with a few “insights” that I want to remember as I continue to support teachers’ professional growth in the future.

Insights Gained

*As professional educators, we are either getting better or getting worse. There is no staying the same.

*As Mahatma Gandhi said, be the change you want to see (in the world). Model, model, model!

*Most teachers want to do the best job they can, and many appreciate supportive structures that help them become self-reflective and take action towards continued professional growth.

*Creating a culture of sharing and reflection for an entire staff will take time and perseverance, and the time commitment will pay off exponentially.

How have you been supported as a professional?  What works for you?  What doesn’t?  Please share some of your thoughts in our comments below.

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About ibdanmagie

Generalist Educator that believes learning without action is wasteful. Transfer is an educational concept that resonates with me.
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2 Responses to Supervision that supports professional growth

  1. brianneises says:

    Dan, I love the current environment of profession development you have started. I particularly think the Profession Growth Initiative is a very helpful format. The effective implementation of Danielson’s framework grounds our goals and growth in concrete terms and focuses discussion.

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