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I love doing observations. It does not matter if it is a walk-through, a formal observation or just sitting in the back of the room, I love doing observations. I love seeing the students interact with one another. I love seeing the students perseverance as they overcome, solving a difficult word problem and I love the excite students demonstrate when they reach success. I love doing observations.
I was able to complete a formal observation today, after returning to campus following a morning of principal updates. As a settled in with my laptop, ready to document the next forty-five minutes, I was able to witness the following exchange between a teacher and student:
(In order to set the stage, the teacher and student were playing with a classic wooden train set, piecing together the tracks for the train to travel on. The teacher purposefully kept a few of the pieces off to the side, because the true purpose behind playing with the trains was providing the student with the opportunity to respond to the question, “What do you need…” with the response, “I need…”)