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.
*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.