FAAR – No longer a single story…

From Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story “It is impossible to talk about the single story without talking about power.”   “Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person.” How do we celebrate the strengths and contributions of each … Continue reading FAAR – No longer a single story…

FAAR – Connecting Peer Observations to Learning for Life

As part of our formative Faculty Assessment and Annual Review (FAAR) plan, we engage in a process of peer observations. We also have a new Learning for Life vision statement.  With his permission, I am publishing my peer observation of my friend and colleague, BC.  As I reviewed my notes taken during his class, I … Continue reading FAAR – Connecting Peer Observations to Learning for Life

Feedback and Learning for All Involved: Peer Observations – FAAR

As part of our formative Faculty Assessment and Annual Review (FAAR) plan, we engage in a process of peer observations.  There are several ways this can be accomplished.  In its simplest form, we are to observe two of our colleagues – one in our department and one not in our department – and write a … Continue reading Feedback and Learning for All Involved: Peer Observations – FAAR

Feedback and Learning for Me: Student Course Feedback – FAAR

As part of our formative Faculty Assessment and Annual Review (FAAR) plan, we survey our learners and provide them with an opportunity to offer us feedback on our course. The process is pretty simple; we are to follow a 3-6-12 plan. We must select a minimum of 3 prompts from a bank of approximately 40 … Continue reading Feedback and Learning for Me: Student Course Feedback – FAAR

Reflecting from aFAAR

In the Junior High, tis the season of conducting Student Course Feedback and, for some, it seems, completing Peer Visits – two of the five components of our Faculty Assessment and Annual Review (FAAR) process. Additionally, a third component of our formative assessment plan – Admin Observation – has been occurring all year. After seeing … Continue reading Reflecting from aFAAR

Thus – Strive to be one (TBT Remix)

What if we narrow the space between them and us? Let’s strive to become thus – the intersection between them and us.  How often do we point out our differences when we should be pointing out our connections? Math vs. and Science, Faculty vs. and Admin, Academic vs. and Co-Curricular, Teacher vs. and Student, etc. I believe we have more commonalities than … Continue reading Thus – Strive to be one (TBT Remix)

Because I can’t see me…

“I didn’t realize all of that was accomplished” was the reply after reading my observation notes of her class. I hate when I learn that I’ve been walking around all day with the hem of my skirt out or with spinach in my teeth.  Don’t you? I am always grateful when someone tells me, because I can’t see … Continue reading Because I can’t see me…

Thus – Strive to be one

In 2013, should it be them and us? Let’s strive to become thus – the intersection between them and us.  How often do we point out our differences when we should be pointing out our connections? Math vs. and Science, Faculty vs. and Admin, Academic vs. and Co-Curricular, Teacher vs. and Student, etc. I believe we have more commonalities than differences. … Continue reading Thus – Strive to be one