Yesterday, another kindergarten teacher and I participated in a 2 person COP (community of practice aka PLC) time. The other 2 kindergarten teachers were away at a conference and this block of time is designated to be used in this way, every week. We had some doubt heading into our session about how valuable the work would be, as we only had half the team contributing ideas and reflections. Well, we got an awful lot accomplished.
We crafted a reply to an administrator’s question re the last reporting form we had submitted to him, and then we discussed some other curriculum work that needed to be done in the area of community building and bullying. In the end, we had plans for meeting those curricular needs, plans that can be shared with our missing team members, and we had some meaningful conversations about integrating these ideas.
Then, this morning I read a post in my #poulingail daily from Twitter. The post was added to the daily via Twitter connection @datruss (David Truss) <– the Huffington Post <– written by Dean Shareski, and entitled How To Make Better Teachers. In it, Dean wrote about how important the practice of blogging is for reflection and becoming a better educator.
There’s a natural transparency that emerges. The teachers who blog as professionals in this reflective manner in my district invite anyone to look into their classrooms and you can get a picture of what happens on a daily basis. This goes a long way in addressing accountability concerns.
I have been writing this blog for a few years now and have come to see just how much this personal and professional reflection has impacted my practice. It is in the sharing of ideas that we can embrace new ways of thinking, teaching, and learning. This is certainly done face to face, as was the experience in yesterday’s COP time, but by reading many blogs each day, I experience that learning many more times over, more than I would have thought possible.
Often these blog posts evoke a response and a conversation continues through commenting. Please consider leaving a comment on this post. I continue to learn through you.