The Tuesday Slice of Life is hosted by Ruth and Stacey at Two Writing Teachers. Go look, read, and reflect!
Yesterday I wrote my post about books read last week, including this in an introduction to a new picture book shared by a friend and colleague: One of my colleagues has chosen to do a 'food' year
with her primary students. They will study gardens, growing in the wild,
different cultures, cooking, and any other topic connected to food. We share
many picture books and I count it as a pleasure whenever I can find a book
about food that she doesn't know. I learn a lot from her about books, but also
about teaching the youngest students in our school. I am always grateful when I talk with her because she shows such intention in her teaching. Each thing she does has a reason to "be" in her classroom and in her work with students. My talks with her make me think about my own ideas, enhance them and sometimes change them.
Some time in the past I wrote a post titled "good teaching is a conversation". I have the pleasure of many conversations with colleagues because that is my job, and I end my days reflecting on those words, taking notes on the learning that I've done just through the talk.
While considering these ideas, it is my hope that as much as possible, everyone will take the time to slow down and talk with colleagues, ones next door and those on the other sides of your buildings. Sharing teaching ideas, reasons why, good parts and not so good are ways we can grow in our teaching without spending one dime on workshops or professional books, although those are of value too. The professionals, remember, are right there in the building with you. Please take time to experience some of those slices-of-life conversations I'm describing.
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