On every staff for which I have worked, there are always a few who get the feeling that I have a hidden agenda. Well, today I confess that they are correct. I have always had a hidden agenda and it's about time I revealed what I'm REALLY trying to accomplish. For example, ...
- When I share teacher data from every classroom on school wide assessments my goal is that teachers learn from each other.
- When I observe a class and head straight to the student least likely to know what's going on, I just want to make sure that student is learning just like the others.
- When I ask reflective questions about a lesson I've seen, I want to understand what the teacher was intending to accomplish and how she was going about doing that.
- When I insist on using nearly every staff meeting opportunity, it's because I believe that the more time our staff spends together thinking and discussing about teaching and learning, the better we will become.
- When I ask teachers to allow me to videotape and view their lessons it's because I want them to learn about their own best practices and how they can get better.
With these examples and many more, my hidden agenda is that it's all about the learning. I hope this provides some relief to anyone who was thinking I had some sinister or evil plot in mind for my methods and madness. Please excuse me for keeping up the game because I've still got a lot to learn.