Sally Zapeda Model
Sally Zapeda’s model mirrors the ISSLIC standard number two which states that a school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. At Thomas High School, every teacher participates in professional learning communities once a week.
Completing these three observations was an interesting experience because I am a physical education teacher which is completely different class setting than the three math teacher’s classes. I went into the classrooms under the supervision of my principal who was conducting formal observations during our visit. Each of the classes were reviewing different material such as three representations of functions, the different types of functions and solving multi-step equations; however, they were all on the same topic of functions. In all three of my observations, all five parts of a 5 part lesson was exhibited. In two out of three lessons the teachers used the spilt note taking to model to show how to solve a multi-step equation. Spilt note taking is one of William Brazos’s literacy strategies. One of the teachers used a graphic organizer which seemed to keep the students engaged throughout the lesson. One of the classes also created a tree diagram of the different types of functions that exists.
After reflecting all three observations, I feel that all three teachers have a positive learning environment and all three teachers had great classroom management within their classrooms. It is my beliefs that all three of the teachers could implement more differentiated instruction within their lessons. As an administrator I would provide the teachers with some suggestions or a professional development opportunity on differentiation instruction.