Framework without Boundaries – Standard 7: utilize instructional frames to improve teaching

Standard 7 states that Teaching Leaders utilize instructional frames to improve teaching.  These frames come in all shapes and sizes; our school uses the Danielson Framework which helps guide administration and educators towards perfecting practices in the classroom.

I have been privileged enough to work with administrators who see this framework as a tool towards improving our craft rather than a punitive program to correct and criticize.  I think I am most thankful that throughout my educational career I have been able to see the use a strong rubric and how it empowers the user rather than restricting the teacher within boundaries that keep us from being creative and autonomous.

Each August, I have the opportunity to facilitate discussions with new teachers to the district and profession regarding how the Danielson Framework is used to help our educators navigate the evaluation process once the year begins.  In these sessions, I love showing the group the importance of classroom management and engaging students in learning.

It’s interesting to look back at my reflections in class because after answering some simple survey questions, according to Jungs Temperament Interpretation, part of my strength lies in this standard.  I scored high in the “Mastermind” category, which actually shocks me.  I do not see myself as a strong leader because I have always looked at my leading style as more facilitator than leader.  However, there are characteristics that seem very true including “Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be.”  What I always saw as being fluid in my plan making, I see that it just ensuring that there are other plans in place in case Plan A does not work.  I think this strength is important in leadership because with so many stakeholders, my values will stay set, but the means in which to reach our goals and vision can be flexible [WPLS 1.24]. My areas of growth would be follow-through.  This is where the characteristics of a Mastermind and I depart ways.  I am visionary and have many ideas; it is the follow-through and implementation where I will need the support of other people around me.

I’m looking forward to working with my fellow colleagues this August and helping the new teachers.  When looking at the rubrics and having to make goals that mean something and can do something that will further perfecting our teaching practices.

References:

A Vision Of Excellence. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2019, from https://danielsongroup.org/framework.

Danielson Group (2011). Retrieved May 10, 2019, from http://www.k12.wa.us/TPEP/Frameworks/Danielson/Danielson-rubrics-by-criteria.pdf.

Learn about the four temperaments. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2019, from https://keirsey.com/temperament-overview/

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