Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The public face of teaching: transparency improves performance

One of the things I liked about teaching was that my classroom was my classroom. And, one of things I didn't like about teaching was that my classroom was my classroom, and adults didn't darken the door.

How was I to get feedback?

Thankfully, I team-taught a couple of classes with several colleagues, so we had the chance to help out and work with each other; he gave me plenty of feedback.

And, I was lucky that the dean of the school was willing to visit my classroom, at my request, to provide feedback.

Today, we can actually let the world into our classrooms. I'd love to see what other people are doing... what they are doing that I can take to improve my own performance and to help my own students.

Nancy McKeand at Random Thoughts posted today about a website, Making Teaching Public, which is dedicated to helping make what happens in the classroom transparent, to the benefit of everyone involved.

Nancy makes an interesting observation: "As I have made my teaching more public ...I have fewer moments that I wouldn't want others to see." Being transparent has made her a better teacher.

I can hardly wait to get back into the classroom. For the last couple of days I've been teaching/facilitating a 3-hour block on stress & change management, but it's just not the same as the daily contact, the daily grind, with students.

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