“Together We Are Better”
~ John Paul Warren
With our administrative partnerships.
With our teachers and Education Assistants in our schools.
Among our relationships with district-wide colleagues.
Within the community.
With our world-wide #pln.
Sharing matters. We are most often better when we work together. We have so much to learn from one another both personally and professionally. Each one of us has so much to share as well. If you think you don’t have anything to share, please watch this video: Obvious to you, Amazing to Others.
When I was a classroom teacher, I collaboratively taught with the other grade 1 teacher next door. We weren’t teaching within the same classroom walls, however, we visited each others rooms often. We observed one another teaching regularly. We taught each other’s students. We planned lessons and completed units together. Each day, we seemed to talk about our practise: what went well, what didn’t go so well. It was powerful learning for us both and possibly even more powerful learning for our students. As a result of this collaborative teaching , each student benefited from the knowledge, the passion, and ideas, and the suggestions of two teachers.
As an administrator, I feel that sharing is powerful and essential in our continuous learning journey. I learn so much from the teachers and Education Assistants at our school. I learn from my administrative partner on a daily basis. Additionally, a group of local administrators started a private Facebook chat a couple of months ago and we continue to learn from and with one another. We are growing closer as a group because we are sharing our struggles, our joys, our passions, our ideas, and our own personal stories. They are all inspiring and truly amazing people, educators, and leaders.
Furthermore, I have found a broader #PLN which reaches across the provincial school districts, across the border and into the United States, and around the world (I’m sounding a little like Rosie’s Walk here). The insight, the advice, support, and sharing has been powerful in my own learning and development as a teacher and educational leader.
So, my message today is to please share. Please listen. Please continue to learn. Share with others around you – near and far. Take in what others have to say and share. There will be things you can use and things that may not fit your personal “style”. There will be things that will push your thoughts and take you out of your comfort zone. There will be ideas that may make you rethink and change your current practise.
Sharing is the key to learning. Sharing is the key to our growth and development, both personally and professionally.
“The miracle is this: The more we share the more we have.”
— Leonard Nimoy
“Everyone needs help from everyone.”
— Bertolt Brecht
How are you sharing?
How are you learning from others?
From whom are you learning?