If you are a teacher then you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you’re not yet, then I’m sure you’ve still heard of it…the OBSERVATION!
Just in case you haven’t heard of it, an observation is where a principal, or some other person in a leadership position, comes in to watch you teach a lesson and you want to show the very best teaching that you can. Observations are wonderful because they provide insight into how you can become an even more effective teacher, but they are extremely nerve-racking. One of the most stressful portions of an observation is deciding what to teach during the observation!
My USF St. Pete education courses actually gave me a lot of ideas that I was able to use in my first grade classroom, especially during the observations that I have had so far this year.
I know many people question if and when they will actually use the materials that they are learning in their Master’s program; trust me, I was always THAT kid who asked, “When will I need to know this or use this?” Some people also question if getting their Master’s degree is even worth it.
For me, starting the Reading Education Master’s program at USF St. Pete has been more than worth it, especially when I can take ideas from class and use it in my classroom.
I know some of you are probably saying, “Yeah right. I don’t believe it,” but seriously it’s true. I was able to take ideas from my Differentiated Reading class about how important choice and interest are to motivate learners and apply it to a reading observation.
I learned from the class that allowing student’s a choice in the product they are producing at the end of a lesson or unit to show what they have learned will provide better buy in and students will be more likely to work to the best of their ability.
I also learned that by choosing texts that students are interested in reading they are more likely to read them, which will make them better readers. I used these techniques in my observation and received some of the best scores that I have ever gotten on an observation.
Who doesn’t love a degree that is truly useful??