SIM 3: Wonder
This is a much better choice than saying nothing - therefore giving tacit agreement to this approach to classroom management. . Tom’s advice has direct repercussions in what is observed in this new teacher’s classroom. Part of your challenge as a leader will be to support some changes to Donna’s approach while not undermining the leadership opportunity that Tom has as a mentor teacher. In the long-term view, however, there are no advantages to allowing this kind of approach to continue. It will nurture a culture and climate that goes against what we know about thriving learning spaces.
We suggest you find one area to highlight and suggest an alternative approach. For example, “I was in your classroom for 10 minutes and I didn’t see any opportunity for large-group, or small-group discussion about what you were learning. Consider using a strategy like 10/2 to make sure learners have a chance to pause, reflect, and make meaning of what your lesson is focused on. Tom can help you, or I’ll be glad to show you the strategy in the professional learning section of Discovery Education.”
Learning is messy, and although a new teacher often needs extra support, and practice, to get a handle on classroom management, it’s always best to support that new teacher in a philosophy and approach that will enhance learning goals, and create the kind of culture and climate for creative, critically thinking, collaborative and communicative students.