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Working as a first year administrator, I’m always looking for opportunity for professional growth.  My daily drive is about 25 minutes each way.  Thus, I have time to listen to plenty of podcasts.

Eduleadership >> Radio – Justin Baeder Justin interviews school administrators to bring you the best ideas for leading your school.  I have really enjoyed listening to Justin and his guests.  Each episode, he talks with other tech driven school leaders and shares their best practices.  There hasn’t been a post since October, of 2011; hopefully he’ll get back to posting some new shows soon.

EdAdmin – Part of the EdReach network, the EdAdmin show highlights the ideas and insights from the innovative administrator’s point of view. Hosted by Chris Atkinson, who does a good job bringing together creative and well spoken administrators to talk about relevant topics.  My only complaint is that there have only been three episodes so far.

Practical Principals – This is most definitely my favorite educational podcast.  Unfortunately they stopped recording April, 2011.  With the tagline “What you didn’t learn in grad school”, Melinda Miller and Scott Elias, do a great job of sharing their insight into the profession.  They are both technology driven, and creative in the way they manage their schools.  Their chemistry is great and really fun to listen to.

NPR Topics: Education – This isn’t really a show, but rather a collection of NPR stories that week that apply to education.  I enjoy keeping up with education news, but when I listen to other podcasts on my drive, I can’t tune into NPR.  The shows are typically 10 to 20 minutes long depending on how many education pieces they aired that week.  This is a great way to keep on top of educational news and policies.

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I have updated the Google Form that I use.  Click here for most recent post and version of this form. 

Using Google Forms for teacher observations is not something that I thought of.  Many schools are currently using Forms as a way to easily and quickly record data from teacher observations.  The advantage is of using a Google Form is that it compiles all the data into a spreadsheet which allows school leaders to quickly and easily see trends in the school’s classrooms.

School leaders need to examine why they use walk through observations.  I believe, that any good leader will tell you they are used to help teachers grow professionally.  If that is the case, we must provide timely, authentic, and pointed feedback.  The old school method of walking around with a clipboard, then filling out the form, making a copy of it, giving a copy to the teacher, filing the school copy away in a file (most likely to never be seen again) is definitely not the most effective method.  At the same time, collecting data into a spreadsheet for the school leaders to use, but not providing that data to teacher is equally ineffective.

This is where my Google observation form comes in.  This form has a built in script which will send your responses to the teacher for immediate feedback.  The form is completely editable, so that you can change it to accommodate your needs.  For example, if your school is focusing on using literacy in every classroom, you should add a question that records if that teacher was using reading strategies.

Click HERE for the spreadsheet (you will need to be logged in to a Google account).  Make a copy of the spreadsheet and rename it for your purposes.