Teachers Learning from Colleagues
The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics have just released a new feature on their website called It Worked!. Stories and videos of Math Coaches talk about situations that have occurred in our public schools in which professionals learn from other professionals and (together) they gain more experiences and expand their abilities to help students to learn.
The opportunity to hear from colleagues is a valuable professional learning opportunity. Teachers and Teacher Specialists grow in their profession in many ways: coursework, membership in professional communities, reading journals and articles. But to hear from a colleague is particularly nice because we can see ourselves in their stories and in their situations. We can think about similar situations that we have encountered and how we might handle those situations.
The It Worked! feature is filled with Elementary and Secondary examples of how mathematics coaches faced challenges and found productive ways to address them. NCSM is to be commended for building this community of professionals that has the capacity to assist other professionals in a profound way. It is important for our leaders--at all levels--to share their knowledge and their experiences. You never know who will hear your story and will use it for their own professional growth.