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I witnessed something beautiful the other day. One of those moments that fills your soul and makes you appreciate the good in others.
On a flight to Raleigh-Durham to meet with a group of amazing teachers at the Center for Teaching Quality, I saw a new mom struggling last minute onto our Southwest flight.
What is beautiful about this? The collaboration that followed.
It’s the last day of our CTQ Teacher Advisory Board Summit, and I’m encouraged. I’ve been connected with CTQ for almost 10 years, and have watched the idea of bringing the expertise of teachers to the forefront of education reform and policy come closer to reality.
At my school, the experience with substitutes looks like a downward spiral.
For the most part, teachers at my school do not trust that the person who will be their substitute teacher will control the class or engage our students in any kind of meaningful learning. As such, many of us choose not to spend much time or energy in creating a lesson plan for the sub to follow.
The saying goes that we as teachers learn as much from the students as they learn from us.
This year, I needed this when I went for a whirlwind of a trip this year, shifting roles and attitudes in ways that had me floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. Perhaps even a little rope-a-dope as I sustained a few blows. As successful as I've been outside of school, the frustrations inside school built up.
The only sustainment I had all year was the knowledge that, yes, we as teachers needed to do a good job in the classroom and in the school.
It has been a really interesting week in Radical Nation, y'all. You see, Dr. Griz -- a Geocaching Travel Bug that my class set free EIGHT YEARS ago made his way back to Salem Middle School after a 34 THOUSAND MILE journey through 90 caches in 4 different countries.
How does a group of Florida teacher leaders define teacher leadership? Watch below.
What IS teacher leadership?
The Teacher Leader Model Standards attempt to create some working level of this concept with seven domains, including teachers as collaborators, researchers, learners, facilitators, data analysts, outreach and community specialists, and advocates.
It’s the first week of summer vacation. Do you know how I can tell? It’s because I’ve only been working 6 hours each day!
Seriously, non-teachers ask me from time to time, “What are you doing with your summer vacation.” They are always surprised to hear that I’m working. I think they are waxing nostalgic to that time when they were students and summer vacation meant long days of little responsibility. I think they imagined that teachers have the same experience over summer vacation as children do.