Implementing Developmental Supervision

This week’s work will focus on taking an in-depth look at each of the four superVision approaches with which we have been working. You will also have an initial experience with applying the four approaches to an on-line video clip of a teacher at work.

Activity Resources

Chapters 7-12 in Glickman, C. D., Gordon, S. P., & Ross-Gordon, J. M. (2010). SuperVision and instructional leadership: A developmental approach. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Required Video: Comprehending Content: Reading Across the Curriculum (Grades 6-12 )

Pre-Activity

Read the four case studies in Chapter 7 in Glickman (2010).

Read the Developmental Supervision analysis of each case study.

As stated in Glickman (2010), the best approach is a human decision, not a predetermined formula. You can probably think of many examples from your own teaching career where a directive approach was needed simply because you had no experience with a new technique or project. Just as many examples probably came to mind of needing a nondirective approach wherein resources were provided and your supervisor stayed out of the way so you could get your work done. Implementing looser or tighter control than what the specific persons and situations required would have been counterproductive in each instance. (If the supervisor has expertise in an area where a teacher needs help he or she may be able to use a more directive approach than would be the case if the supervisor knew about as much as the teacher regarding the task at hand or the problem to be solved.)

Carefully read Chapters 8-11 in Glickman (2010), wherein each of the four SuperVision approaches is addressed in depth in one of the chapters.

Watch the Comprehending Content: Reading Across the Curriculum (Grades 6-12 ) video. This video consists of several clips of the same teacher working with her class. Use the first 30 minutes of the video for purposes of this assignment.

Make an initial recommendation regarding the supervisory approach you would start with if you were the line supervisor (assistant principal or principal) for the teacher in the video – and note why.

Access the Story Setup – Pre-reading Strategies for Comprehension video (funded by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT))

Work through and use the same analysis points used in the required video.

For this week’s submission, prepare a three-page set of observation notes which include the following:

Aspects of lesson delivery you would want to compliment. These could include but would not be limited to things such as rate of delivery, interaction with students, speech mannerisms, or use of technology.

Aspects of lesson delivery you would like to modify. If you have reading background, you may use your experiences to inform your observations. In some instances it is easier to provide useful feedback if you are not observing in an area of personal expertise because you will not need to guard against evaluating a teacher’s performance against your own ways of teaching similar concepts.

The main superVision approach you would use in working with this teacher – and why. You may select one approach to start with and another as a back-up depending on how the post-conference would go.

Suggestions for the teacher’s continuing professional development based on what you observed in the video. It is sometimes more challenging to think of professional development directions to suggest for teachers who are doing well than for teachers who are clearly still building their skills in a particular area. You may want to include on-line options.

In your 3 page set of notes include the following:
A minimum of 3 scholarly references

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Review APA Form and Style.

Story Setup – Pre-reading Strategies for Comprehension video

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