How often do you leave your classroom to go sit in another classroom? How often do other teachers come and sit in your classroom? I’m not talking about critiquing or evaluations. I’m talking about going and observing and getting ideas.
Are you a teacher that what you do is yours and no one else is allowed to use your ideas? Do you work with people that all of their ideas are theirs and they won’t share them with others? Why?
This past week I have been in some conversations with my coworkers as well as teachers in other schools about this idea. Some of the talk with my coworkers was about a teacher that one student taught with. The teacher did not share her projects with other teachers, however, she shared certain ones with one other teacher in the building. Is this expected? Why was everything a secret and all “hers”? Are we all not teaching students together? Why would you want to keep your successful lessons a secret?
Yesterday I met a Ryan Boeckman who teaches in the St. Louis, MO, metro. We have been talking through my personal learning network and had the chance to meet yesterday. We talked a little about each of our schools. My school has 70 students, his has 1,000. A little bit of a difference there. ha
What we really talked about though was the fact that some schools in his district has team walks. This is where the teachers have a chance to walk through classrooms of other teams and watch them teach. Get ideas, share ideas with each other. He was sharing about how his school is looking to start that as well.
I have always enjoyed walking into other classes and observing. Not just math either. I enjoy watching the students that I teach in other classrooms and subjects and see their interactions with one another. Students act differently in different classes. It gives us, the teachers, a chance to see students in a different light.
I hope that you are not a teacher that keeps your “stuff” a secret and share your great lessons as well as lessons that have failed. Sharing is caring. (Sorry, I had to bring back my preschool days.) Also, step into another classroom and see what you can find in other rooms.