District staff making classroom visits

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 13, 1999

Teachers in the Natchez-Adams School District never know when company may be coming. Officials from the central office have made a renewed effort to visit every classroom in the district this fall.

The unannounced visits may motivate teachers to do their best, said Superintendent Dr. Carl Davis.

&uot;When I&160;know I’m having guests and I don’t know when they are coming, I’m always going to keep my house clean,&uot; Davis said.

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The visits are also meant to be a support to teachers and to encourage central staff to spend more time in the schools.

&uot;I think it says to the teachers, we appreciate what they do,&uot; Davis said. &uot;Our job is to support what goes on in the schools. You can’t do that if your stuck in an office all day. What we do at the central office is second to what we do in the classroom.&uot;

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Larry Little visited several classes at McLaurin Elementary School this week.

&uot;For me it’s just been a good experience to see some of the things that are done in the elementary school,&uot; he said. &uot;I think it makes me appreciate where the students are coming from when they get to the secondary schools.&uot;

In previous school years, Little said he did not get to spend as much time in the elementary classrooms.

&uot;I would be out to McLaurin on a weekly basis, but I would not actually get to observe,&uot; Little said.

The visits are informal, but observers may take notes on such things as teacher/student interaction and student work skills. The central staff hopes to visit each teacher at least twice this year, Davis said.

&uot;I enjoy them coming because if they can help me in any way I appreciate that,&uot; McLaurin fifth-grade teacher Pat Brown said.

The visits are also good for the students, she said.

&uot;It’s good for them to see (the staff) and know who they are,&uot; Brown said.