Some time ago I was struggling to set up procedures during my literacy instruction. I was attempting to meet with a guided reading group while the reminder of my class was engaged independently in a meaningful activity. For some students the “independent” activity was a too challenging and they needed support. For other students it was too easy and they were finishing early. Other students had difficulty remaining on task and caused disruptions. These are the challenges of a novice teacher.
All things considered I was doing pretty well but I knew it could be done better. But I wasn’t sure how. I was building the boat as I was crossing the ocean.
I spoke with some other teachers and we shared the same struggles. After I confided in my principal I found this “struggle” reflected in my evaluation. Prior to that evaluators found little to criticize. I regretted opening up my practice.