This is a podcast of two visits to two schools,
followed by my reflection on visiting other schools
Whenever I visit another school it’s like my senses become more alive than ever.
I try to take in as much as possible.
I look at what’s on the walls, listen to the conversations in the hallway, notice the interactions that are so common to that building and community that they don’t give anyone a second thought.
I could be there to drop off an envelope and I’ll still notice everything.
- the color on the walls
- the organization of the space
- the signs on the wall
- student work
- the master schedule
- the interactions
- the teaching and learning
- the food
- the tables
- where people are
You name it and I soak it up. It’s how I learn, grow and change as an educator and has been one of the most powerful tactics I’ve used to improve my own practice.
Recently I visited a school for thirty minutes. I observed a coding club the school had incorporated.
In thirty minutes I absorbed so much information about this practice that I filled three pages in my notebook after I left. Visiting, asking questions and sharing…it’s how I learn.