teacher empowerment

How to Provide Meaningful Teacher Feedback by Observing the “Unobservables”

One of the ways I like to provide meaningful feedback to teachers is by observing the “unobservables” outside of the classroom. A classroom observation is just a glimmer of the real work that teachers do behind the scenes to prepare for each daily lesson. In order to obtain valuable insights into how a teacher approaches lesson planning, evaluates student performance, and collaborates with colleagues, I routinely conduct observations during professional learning team (PLT) meetings. In this environment, I am able to truly understand how a teacher plans a lesson, supports the achievement goals necessary for each student, and contributes to the school’s overall success. (more…)

Empowering Leaders: Just Do It

Guest post by Aimee Rainey, principal, Florence Middle School, Florence, AL, who will present “Empowering Teachers: Developing Talent and Growing Leaders in Your Building” at Ignite ’15.

How do you empower teacher leaders in a school and let go of micromanagement tendencies? Consider one simple phrase: “Just do it!”

This may be an oversimplification, but it can be very powerful when implemented strategically. Empowerment of others produces ownership where micromanagement can harm the organization. It is essential to activate motivation in others. At the heart of motivation lies the desire for freedom to express one’s creative potential. (more…)