THE PROBLEM: LITTLE TO NO PEER OBSERVATION
Teachers are constantly searching for new ideas, solutions to problems with classroom management, organization, and instruction. “I need to figure out how to get my students to understand this concept,” they say, or “I need to find someone who knows how to do ____.” Time and money for professional development are in short supply, and a direct line to great, free PD--our own teachers--is often ignored.
THE HACK: POST A CALENDAR OF “OPEN HOUSE" LESSONS
A Pineapple Chart is a systematic way to put a “welcome mat” out for all classrooms--a central message board that lets other teachers know that you’re doing something worth watching today, and if they’d like to come by, your door is open. The chart would be something like a dry-erase board, sectioned off with tape or wet-erase marker into days of the week and class periods. The board is kept near teacher mailboxes or some other high-traffic area for staff. Sign up and welcome visitors.