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Good Observation, Bad Stomachache

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I was observed by one of the assistant principals today, and everything went well. I did a lesson on clothing items in German; I brought a basketful of clothes in and taught them the names, and then we played a game. The kids were great, everyone participated. I think it was the best lesson I ever taught; the kids actually asked me things in German, and they've only had one semester! I felt really energized afterwards, and the AP told me she really enjoyed it. Very cool. I've had a few observations in the past where the observer really didn't know what I was doing or why, but this one is really interested and positive. Nice change.
Unfortunately I'm a bit under the weather; my stomach is upset. I might have to take tomorrow off, but that's okay; I made it to the evaluation without getting sick, that was the most important thing.
I know I'm a good teacher, but (or maybe because of that) I really got worked up about the observation; I've been stressing over it for days. Now, I just feel happy and relieved - in spite of the stomachache.
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    Way to go. I understand the stress. I'm occasionally on the other end of the observation and try my best to minimize the stress. My observations are a follow-up to professional development programs I do so the observations are actually to evaluate US and how well we help the teachers. Nevertheless, I it is still stressful for them. Not surprisingly, the good teachers stand out, even when things don't go all that smoothly.
    1266 days ago
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    oh man just the words "observation" and "assistant principal" made my stomach churn. Those have never gone too well for me (in my opinion). First one I ever had, my principle was on his phone the whole time, the second one was 50/50 just because the differences in class periods were so different one boss loved it, one boss hated it.

    Sounds like you did an emoticon job!

    I hope your stomach feels better soon! Bless you for your teaching. I really do miss it somedays and at least I know caring people like you are stepping up and doing great jobs!
    1266 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2013 2:50:08 PM
    It's great when observations go well.
    1267 days ago
    I hope the stomachache was due to nerves and you're not getting sick. I hope you feel better real soon.
    1267 days ago
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