Teacher Rounding: An Important Tool for Reflection
In a previous blog post, we discuss the benefit of applying the Coaching Probe Tool with collegial coaches and teacher learning teams to reflect on student success. Rounding is another effective tool to aid teachers in the reflection process.
Collegial coaches use various strategies to harvest wins. We recommend that coaches round on teachers once or twice a month. When rounding, ask the following questions:
- What is working well?
- Do you have the tools and equipment you need to do your job?
- Is there anything that we could improve?
- Are there any individuals I should be recognizing?
The collegial coach should record the information and send a scouting report to the school leader. The school leader should create a system for following up on the items listed in the scouting report. The school leader, the coach, or any team member may elect to recognize teachers by using reward and recognition strategies such as sending thank-you notes, completing WOW cards, and acknowledging a colleague’s great performance at staff meetings.
At your school, you can ask the questions above to better reflect on student success and uncover “stand-out” employees to reward and recognize.
Asti Kelley, TeacherReady®