The Rocky Mountain Hair-Do!

 Today I was observed. Yes it is a little late in the year. Yes it was unscheduled. And no it was not modeled after Marzano, Danielson, or the Tulsa model. It was just a good old fashioned observation Mr. Principal and my kiddos seemed to really enjoy.
       He showed up right after lunch and stayed for an hour and ten minutes. Yes you read that’s right Mr. Principal stayed for 1 hour and 10 minutes to do my observation.
       This might make a lot of people nervous, but we were just having such a good time I don’t think he thought about leaving.
       We have been working on poetry and using objects to help us think like poets. Today we revisited this idea after I read some new poems I had found. I also read a few of their poems from our previous lessons. That got them going! And they were off to sketch, write and share.
       During their workshop time Mr. Principal and I chatted about school issues, common core, an upcoming workshop, and of course the kiddos. As we were talking Mr. Principal made the comment that one of my kiddos’ hair looked like the Rocky Mountains. I laughed and said “ahhh he was using his poets’ mind.”
       As the kiddos were sharing I noticed the Mr. Principal fervently writing. Ut oh I thought maybe it wasn’t going as great as I thought.
After the last kiddo had shared Mr. Principal raised his hand and said he’d like to share. He walked to the front of the group and read what he had written-The Rocky Mountain Hair Poem (sorry I forgot to get a picture).
The kiddos clapped and cheered BRAVO! It was a great ending to a (hopefully) great observation.
I promise I will get pictures of our anthology when they are published. You can bet Mr. Principals' will be in there!


  1. It must have been one of his favorite moments all year, Tammy! What a great story, & you should be pleased to, to have a guest & to include him so well that he felt safe too. I don't think every principal would feel that way, except maybe in your classroom! Glad you had a nice day.

  2. I'll definitely be looking forward to reading his poem. Sounds like a lot of fun, and he sounds like a great leader.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. That's pretty exciting that he wrote a poem too. I am looking forward to seeing your students' work.

  4. That is so neat! I bet your kids loved that your principal joined in the fun!

    First Grade Magic

  5. Sounds like a super fun observation! Glad it went well!

  6. What agreat memory for your kids! Love it! :)