Having supportive admin is half the battle in teaching today. I have the privilege of working with two amazing admins @paulclemens5 and @kkeerybi who embrace my teaching style and allow me to try new things. When I approach them with new things to try I know that they will ask me the tough questions (how does it fit in with the curriculum; how does it meet the students’ needs; are your kids going to embrace it; etc.) but once they see the value I will usually get the go ahead. They sometimes just give me the go ahead because they trust me as a professional. They know that I will always try to put my students first.
Today I had the privilege of visiting a school with a principal @ICprin whose thinking is very much like my own principal. He was willing to open his doors and show us the great things that are happening at his school. He noted that everyone is not at the same stage but he was okay with that. We were able to chat with students about their learning, trying new things and things they liked about their school.
Isn’t it a great thing that we as teachers have colleagues (whether in our school, our board, or our province) who we can look at, examine their teaching practices and take away something to make us better. Everyday we display level 4 work in our classroom and ask our students to bump their work up. What is wrong with us also having some level 4 examples that we too can bump our work up. I thank @avivaloca every day for persisting and encouraging me to join Twitter. I get the opportunity to talk to people like @Lisa_Donahue; @mraspinall; @mrbillforrester; @mrsoclassroom; @MatthewOldridge and the list goes on. I get to throw ideas at them; get feedback on lessons, units, activities; suggestions on how to do something better. Yes, I get them to ‘evaluate’ my practice and give me suggestions on how to make it better. My admin allows me to have visitors in my room to see some of the great things my students are doing and I also benefit from this because they can share with me some of the things they like and would like to take away. It is a give give situation. Having visitors from other schools and boards allow me to get feedback from people outside my everyday teaching life. Most of my colleagues see or know some of the things we do in my classroom but having my students share their learning with people outside our school is a privilege.
Because of my supportive admin, I get the opportunity to make my teaching better every single day. I get the opportunity to open up my doors to visitors and say please come in; let us know how we are doing. Not sure if I have told my admin how much I truly appreciate this. Not sure I have told them how much I appreciate the opportunity to grow.