Are you looking for new ideas? Do you feel like you're in a rut and want to change ___ (you fill in the blank)? Are there some changes you want to implement this year, but there aren't funds to send you to conferences and workshops? There is a way to get help for very little cost. Make an appointment to observe a teacher who has implemented the changes you want to make. Watching someone in the trenches can give you practical management ideas. Try to arrange your observation period the hour before the teacher has his or her lunch or prep period so you can ask questions afterwards. It's even better if you can arrange it to observe several different teachers so you see ways to do the same thing. If you don't know of a teacher you can ask to observe, you can talk to your math specialist, reading specialist, or administrator for help. Many times principals will give you excused school business day subs so won't have to take a personal day. Many times the only thing your principal will ask is that you share the information from your observation with your team. It's a win-win for everyone!
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