In his latest post, he gives a really open, honest review of his own experiences as a “green” observer (a fair few moons ago). This is the kind of stuff I “love” – as it’s these “stories” of LEARNing that really help others develop their own reflective savvy.
See Mike’s full post HERE…
What I thought I’d do (as a bit of a follow-up) is re-post a few thunks I had on what makes GREAT Classroom Observers “tick” – I used this earlier (in the series I worked on with Mike) but think it may have got lost in that longer post.
So, here is the short n’ sweet version:
I have had the pleasure of meeting loads and loads of classroom observers over the years – and, I can say that all of the “best” CLASSROOM OBSERVERS…(yes, you can “smell” a list coming a mile away, can’t you?):
…(really, really) “know their stuff” when it comes to TEACHing (and, more importantly, LEARNing)
…have some form of ESP when it comes to “seeing and analysing classroom interaction patterns” (remember those teachers with “eyes in the back of their heads”)
…pay as much “attention to detail” as they do in looking for the “big picture”
…know the value of “service” (and actually like being called “servant leaders”)
…love “recognising others” and “giving praise” (all the time)
…are “authentic, open communicators” who can build “trust” naturally (and from day one)
…have uncanny “relationship-building abilities”
…know that they have two ears and one mouth (and use them in proportion)
…ask amazingly “sensitive and non-judgmental questions”
…are both “low-ego” and “low-maintenance”
…are NOT afraid of “having difficult conversations” (whenever needed) and know the value of “tough love”
…(but also) know when to “back down from a fight” and suggest a “time-out”
…do NOT “sweat the small stuff” and know when to let a few things “slide” (it’s OK…really OK to do this)
…(really, really) care about those around them and those they work with
…have masses of “emotional literacy”
Sounds like I am describing “most” women, yes guys? So, I guess it will be no surprise when I say:
…are (frequently) the female of the species
Most of us have to make do with only a handful of these abilities…but I, for one, have seldom found that my genitalia get in the way of helping others…if I focus on my own LEARNing!