As I was about to enter a coaching classroom, I was greeted by a very enthusiastic ‘former’ student. This student shared with me that as ‘acting principal for the day’ (she won this title at the school auction), she would be evaluating my work. A little surprised, I wondered if this energetic eight year old even understood the job of an instructional math coach.
I took a deep breath and followed the ‘acting principal’ into the kindergarten classroom. Out of the corner of my eye, I couldn’t help but notice Ms. S. typing feverishly on her Chromebook all while checking her watch and keeping an ear out for a call on her walkie talkie. What could she possibly be typing . . . ?
Formal Observation of Mrs. Austin
What I see Mrs. Austin do . . .
- makes sure the kids are paying attention
- helps the kids if their having a hard time
- gives the kids encouragement/ for example pulling the kids away to play a game
What I hear Mrs. Austin say . . .
- saying positive things
- gives the teacher tips
What I see the kindergartners doing . . .
- facing the wrong way
- when they get it they use a strategy
- sometimes gets the right answers
- dilly dallying around
- passes out you matter cards to people that deserve them during the activity at their seats
What I hear the kindergartners saying . . .
- mumbles what they say
- yelling out a lot of yelling out
- the whole class has a great vocabulary
- get’s words right
- talking to much when not supposed to
Overall, this student gave me a final score of 10 out of a possible 10. Her final comment stated,
“To get a better score you need to mabey interact more with the children. You could give the teacher some more tips. Over all you did a great job doing your job.”
As I reflect about my role as an instructional math coach and the evaluation I received from an eight year old today, there is something to be learned from her feedback.
- Kindergarten students SHOULD talk a lot!
- Kindergartners SHOULD use great math vocabulary.
- Coaches SHOULD interact with the children and give the teacher more tips!
Not a bad evaluation from a third grader.