I was formally observed yesterday.
On the last week before winter vacation. On the last week before we go on break because Santa is coming. On the day that the wind took our patio chairs and blew them across our backyard.
I can’t even properly explain what the wind does to kids’ behavior here.
I can’t even.
In my district, once you have tenure, and once you have a really good evaluation, you’re free from being observed for five years.
I know. I know. I KNOW.
I know some of you are being observed all the time, and dealing with When Someone Walks In situations around the clock, and even being evaluated based on student test scores. I know. I feel horrible for you.
I really do.
So don’t hate me when I say that I haven’t been formally observed in five years.
Because that’s what I’m saying. It’s been five years since I was observed.
And when I saw a certain lesson on a certain blog last year, I said to myself, SELF, that’s the lesson you’re going to do for your formal observation next year. I even told my team and they said I was crazy for thinking so far ahead but, people, the lesson is amazing.
Thanks to Christina of Miss DeCarbo’s Sugar and Spice, my observation was fantastic! SERIOUSLY.
We worked on Determining Importance so that we could retell key ideas within a text, and the kids ATE IT UP and, not only that, they GOT IT. Like, REALLY got it.
I didn’t do as much as Christina did because, let’s face it, I’m not Christina, I’m me, and I didn’t cook a pizza because Steve didn’t come to school with me and he’s the one who does all the cooking, and besides, we don’t have an oven at my school so it just wasn’t going to happen.
But I used the pizza making picture cards from Christina’s pack and that was just as good!!
Basically, the kids had to determine the three most important ingredients to make a pizza.