Are you thinking about how to share the best of what you see with others? I wasn't until I read Vinnie Vronty's experiment for trading video clips of the best we have. How would this compare to something like the Teaching Channel?
Jessica Shy has been out of the classroom and managing adults for the past five years. And yet, everything she says she knows about adult management and coaching I learned from my middle schoolers. Who would believe this? I would, but then I'm a middle school teacher. Do these lessons apply to all teacher wisdom?
Last week, 50 employees— mostly senior staff— of the U.S. Department of Education spent their Wednesday shadowing teachers in D.C.-area schools. Dan goes on to tell us the positive results that everyone gained from this kind of learning and sharing.
It’s about time we jettison the “boss-worker” mindset of administrators and self-proclaimed reformers who cannot tolerate the blurring of lines between those who teach in schools and those who lead them. Our focus should be on meeting the challenges of 21st-century teaching and learning. In our communities, there are growing numbers of students from impoverished homes--many of them second-language learners--who need more well-prepared teachers, working in teams, than ever before.
This article jumped out at me because of it's disposition towards the teacher as a learner within a growing, dynamic school culture. Yes students are the focus. But teachers must also display their curiosity to grow and take on new roles, use new tools and change thinking patterns. This Center embraced that notion....and it's a terrific example of how it could be done.
"We’ve eliminated the barriers of time and space from our professional learning. The conversation now stays focused on information needed for student learning, not water cooler gossip. We are building a library of our own practices."