Last year, the simple excel sheet, like the one above, seemed like an extra burden in an already overcrowded scheduled. Due in part, I suppose, because I never took the time to sort the data and analyze how I was really spending my time. Therefore, I used the tool in compliance mode. This year, with the new spreadsheet which includes a tab for each month, a summary report, monthly graphs, and a yearly graph, I've attempted to move from compliance to commitment. Ok, I admit, commitment might be stretching it, because I don't know anyone who wants to log what they do every 15 minutes for months at a time. However, at least this year, I acknowledge the benefit of having the data. And, I've made an attempt to follow through and analyze my data.
So here is what I learned:
- I worked 21 days in October. (There were 23 working days, but I had two personal days.)
- I worked a total of 196.75 hours. (At least that I actually logged.)
- Divide the number of hours by days worked and I average 9.37 hours a day. (Seems reasonable to me)
- I spend most of my time in the roles of Classroom Supporter and Learning Facilitator. (2 Power Roles)
- I spent the least amount of time as Data Coach. (That's because Dibels and DRA's are in August and September, and FCAT is in February and March.)
- I spend more time observing and giving feedback than I do modeling. (I'm wondering if this is because we have so much capacity, and so many demos in other teacher's classrooms. Or, perhaps I just need to do more modeling.)
- I work with many grade levels often, especially 2nd - 5th. (Am I stretching too thin, offering some support to all, but not good support to any?)
- I was a Learner 15% of my time. (Really, this is not an accurate percentage. I could combine my observation time with my actual Learner time to get the bigger total, because I learn every day from the incredibly talented teachers I observe.)
Now, I'm wondering...
- If we had Power Roles for the teacher, including things like Planner, Implementer, Learner, Data Collector/Analyzer, Curriculum Specialist etc... How would their time be divided?
- If my school of 1,250 students had 2 full-time coaches, would I spend more quality time in classrooms?
- Should I be spending less time doing some of the things I am currently doing?
- Do teachers know what I do and do they find it helpful for moving their work along?
- Is my work transparent enough to each staff member?
- Do school board members see the benefit of what I did in October? How about enough to continue funding?
If the actual Activity Report interests you, feel free to take a look at mine. ttp://www.box.net/shared/mjb1mphonm