A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

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Great, thoughtful, very useful piece for anyone who teaches or, for that matter, works with people. We need to find ways to learn – accurately – about others’ experience of our work, or we fall down and fail far more often than we realize.

Granted, and...

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. 

I have made a terrible mistake.

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!

This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching…

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