The Power of Classroom Observations
Several Years ago I was listening to an audio series by Bob Harrison (Doctor Increase). Mr. Harrison ran a successful car dealership in California for many years and now he travels the world and teaches success principles.
One of the principles that I learned from Mr. Harrison was this: Manage Your Business by walking around ! In fact, he called it a MBWA in Business!
I use that principle today in my child care facilities. I manage my facility by walking around. Moreover, you could let the video monitoring cameras do the work, however, nothing can take the place of good old fashion walking around and observing your staff.
Today I am going to share with you 5 things that you should look for when observing your staff and what to do with the observations.
- Is the teacher interacting with the children.
- Observe to see that the children are engaged in the activities.
- Does the room look safe?
- Is the teacher following your center or program classroom policies?
- Is the teacher of aware of the needs of the children in care?
Now that you have done the observation, you must do the following:
- Schedule a time to give the teachers your feedback
- Share what you loved about the observations
- Share areas that need improvement.
- Get feedback from the teacher
- Plan a follow-up observation to look for improvement, then schedule a follow-up meeting.
For more staff management tips, be sure to subscribe to my 7-Day Child Care Business Management eCourse. You may also want to download a copy of my Director’s Handbook.
With your Success in Mind,
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