Several weeks ago, I posted a reflection of a demo lesson that I had recently completed. This lesson coached students in their ability to identify main idea and supporting details, and one of my professional goals was to model the process of formative assessment that I am encouraging the teachers that I am working with to adopt. I used this process myself in my work with the students, and it guided my instruction along the way. I also used the process as reflective practice in my own work when I shared the content of my demo lesson with others, solicited feedback through peer review, and adjusted my instruction in response.
I think it’s important to walk my talk. Asking teachers to be reflective about their own practice, speaking about the importance of formative assessment, and suggesting transparency is one thing. Leading by example is another. I’m grateful to my personal learning network for helping me do that as best as I can.
I have another question, though. Please, if you can, share your response to this statement (because you knew it was coming, and so did I):
“As the ‘expert’ you are supposed to be doing everything perfectly. Admitting that you need a peer review is like admitting you aren’t competent at what you do. You shouldn’t need a peer review, and you shouldn’t have had to adjust your instruction. You’re the expert. Everything that you do should be right the first time. The fact that you needed others or kids to tell you how to teach better is pretty lame.”
Chew on that for a bit, if you will. And let me know what your thoughts are.