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.


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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