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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Best teachers ask for help the most

The most effective teachers are the most likely to ask colleagues for advice on improving their teaching, according to a recently published Northwestern study of elementary schools.

“It seems that the better the teacher performed, the more likely they were to go out and obtain feedback on how to be even better,” writes Bradley Busch.

Richard Kaplinsky, a math teacher in California kicked off the #ObserveMe movement.

Observing other teachers in action has been a fabulous source of new ideas during my career.  Similarly, the feedback I’ve received on my own teaching has given me perspective I didn’t know was missing.  It makes me sad that many other teachers are not having the same opportunities. This needs to change.  It starts with us leading by example and checking our insecurities and pride at the door.  We must acknowledge that one of the best ways to improve practice is to have colleagues observe one another and provide suggestions for improvements.  We should welcome others’ constructive feedback and practice giving it as well.  Without it we aren’t able to adjust our practice and improve.

He posted an #ObserveMe sign on his classroom door and encouraged teachers to “watch videos of me teaching here and then leave me feedback so I can reflect and improve.”

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