Does your school arrange for teachers to shadow students? It's a unique kind of professional learning.
Amy Mitchell teaches science at Florence (AL) High School. Several months ago, Amy took advantage of an opportunity to shadow a single student for a full day to gain a deeper perspective on the lives of students at her school. Here are some reactions and reflections, captured immediately after the experience.
Amy includes seven learnings she says will influence her own teaching in the future. "It was one of the most insightful things that I have been able to do to help my students. I enjoyed it thoroughly and gained so much from it."
by Amy Mitchell
My first thought is that our students are truly run through the mill on a daily basis. There are some positive and some negative spins!
Overall, I had a fantastic day. I felt extremely challenged in some classes (stepping into a second year foreign language class when I hadn’t had the first year in over 20 years); completely bored in some (there was a sub in the class, so I couldn’t expect interactions from a teacher), and I experienced a newfound respect for our fine arts program.
There are some extremely important questions I have from today’s experience: How do these kids do this every single day?Read More
by Cathy Gassenheimer
Designing Schools for Meaningful Professional Learning: A Guidebook for Educators
by Janice Bradley (Corwin, 2015)
When the latest member book
from Learning Forward arrived recently, two things made me pick it up.
First, the title – and the word “meaningful” – is so important to our work. We often hear educators complain about “scattered inservices” or not having enough time to really do the type of sustained, collaborative learning that we all need to improve. Meaningful
implies intentionality, purpose, and—most importantly—relevance and timeliness. So I was intrigued.
The second factor that prompted me to immediately open the book was seeing the name Shirley Hord
on the cover as the author of the foreword. Shirley is the Scholar Laureate of Learning Forward and the author of countless books on professional learning and change. Her name is synonymous with effective professional learning, and I knew that if she liked the book enough to write a foreword, it was worth my time to read it.Read More