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Your Mission, If You Choose to Complete It…

The other day, I received an email.  These were the directions: Between now and Jan.24, every instructional staff person will visit a classroom for no longer than 10 minutes during PLC or planning time.  Bring a sheet of paper and something to write with to your classroom visit. Once you enter the classroom, select a location that does not interfere with the teacher’s instruction and copy down the first 5 questions you hear (word for word) the teacher direct to the class, small group, or individual student…Once you have your 5 questions, you may leave.

MY first question was, “What now?” Sometimes, I feel  like  a member of the Mission Impossible crew instead of a teacher.  Every week, I get another email with instructions on a new strategy I must implement in my classroom. Unlike the MI crew, I do not have a choice as to whether or not I choose to complete it.  Nor, does the message self-destruct because it shows up, again and again, every week, followed by my new mission of the week.

Not only do they show up repeatedly, but we receive emails with explicit directions. For example,  “I am looking for (the strategy of the week) when I come in your room.”  Or one minute, you’re helping a student at the computer, the other students are putting away the laptops to give to the teacher across the hall, others are lining  up to head to the computer lab,(somewhat chaotic), you look up, and the administrator and her coach are standing in your room.  She is scribbling ferociously on a pad, while her coach stands looking around, her nose scrunched as if she smells something bad.

Of course, at that moment, I am not using ANY of the suggested “mission”strategies, and I am sure that was  duly recorded.  Maybe I should have rung the chime.:), that would have earned a few strategy points.  I have never seen Tom Cruise treated this way, even when he bungles part of his mission.

So, what is this thing I have to do now? I really don’t know. All I know is that it is called a “Question Audit”.  Anyone know what a Question Audit is?   What purpose does it serve?   How will it help me become a better teacher?   Shouldn’t I know why I have to collect 5 questions?  These are just a couple of questions that I have about my latest “mission”. I guess I have to complete it, and then my questions will be answered.


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