Episode 009: Show Your Administration your Strengths

In this episode, I share seven strategies for showing your administration your strengths as a creative teacher. No need to wait for the observation!

#1 The Preemptive Strike
 Invite guests to a classroom
event you’re proud of. Listen to episode 001, “Showcase Projects,” if you’d like a little inspiration. 
#2 Get Published
A little recognition from the outside
never hurt anyone’s reputation. 
#3 Present at a Conference
Even if you’re new, chances are
you’ve already learned a lot and something is going well. Share it with others at conferences like the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference
#4: Create a Professional Development Group at your School
Choose a topic of interest and invite other teachers (and administrators!) to gather with you once a month to talk about it. 
#5: Classy Décor

#6: Get Students out and About
Use the whole school for class. If you’re doing a performance that would be perfect in the school garden, go there! If your students need new books for choice reading, take a field trip to the library. Don’t be afraid to use the whole campus, waving hello to colleagues along the way. 
#7: When observation day comes, prioritize creative
engagement 
 
 Sticking with the schedule is not more important than showing who you really are as a teacher.