- Jun 3, 2015
Wow! That’s one for the books! I don’t know what the kid did, but I definitely have never had a student give the finger to the principal during an observation...or any time that I’m aware of. But honestly I think it’s good for the principals to see what we are really dealing with. And managing behaviors while still actually teaching virtually is extremely difficult! Sounds like she was even having trouble managing behaviors and she wasn’t also trying to teach...Today was my last observation of the school year. We were fully remote (Mute button Wednesday), and my principal was online with us. While I was teaching, I was moving between my desk to the smart board to the big book stand and my MacBook, so I didn't have my eyes on the kids for a lot of the lesson. I had prepped them yesterday, and they knew how I expected them to behave. It's May. We should have our act together by now. Well, one of my older boys (a 7 year old repeater) did something very naughty (the kind of thing I will never forget). I didn't see what he did because I was at my desk demonstrating an activity on my document reader which was projected on the smart board. I heard my principal yell at him which was weird because she never raises her voice, so I knew something bad happened. I kept teaching because it sounded like she handled it and I didn't want to feed into the bad behavior. Five minutes later, a parent texted me. She told me what the student did (which was outrageously inappropriate), and that when he was disciplined by the principal, he gave her the finger.
I can honestly say that none of my observations have ever gone like this one did today.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!