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Reflect on it. Write your own notes before your scheduled meeting with her. Acknowledge things that you felt went wrong. Try to figure out why things happened as they did. Seek advice. Ask for help if you need help. Research professional development opportunities that could strengthen your teaching. Just like we would tell our students, no one is expected to be perfect all the time. If something went wrong, process it. Perhaps you can find a veteran teacher to talk to about the observation and they can prepare you for how your principal might respond. Ask them to have a mock post-observation discussion with you. Focus on how you can improve, not on where you went wrong. Don't fill the conversation with excuses about why things happened as they did.