After the allotted 15 minutes expired, we traveled as a pack of students to each group to learn how to "foster reflection." When the lessons began, the teachers listened. The teachers utilized role-play, graphic organizers, analogies, etc. to share the knowledge. Individuals were glued to the instruction of their colleagues. I heard learning!
The most important part of this blog is what I learned as an educator. When designing the PLC lesson for the day, I had formulated personal expectations about what the learning should look like. When some of the teacher groups selected not to utilize the white board markers and over sized sheets of notebook paper (with sticky on the back for ease of use I might add), I became frustrated. Were my instructions unclear? Didn't they hear me when I said teach a lesson...couldn't they see the supplies I had provided for them to use. In my mind, even though the individuals in front of me have proven to be excellent educators, I assumed that their lack of doing things the way I envisioned meant that they were not participating. Fortunately, my sagacious colleague (vice principal) held me in check with her wisdom and simply said, "just wait and see." I listened to her, and was rewarded. The teachers did not teach the group my way, they used their own strengths to share the lesson. The outcome was two fold: 1. Everyone understood the four modes of reflection 2. I learned an important lesson about meeting the teachers where they are, challenging them to improve, and giving people space and opportunity to teach and learn and share.
During this Thanksgiving Day week, I want to express my gratitude to the staff at EMS. It is a pleasure to learn and share and lead and dream with you.