#IMMOOC – Week 3. Post 2 – You can’t do it alone

I enjoyed listening to the weekly recording last night.  Listening to principals Amber Teamann and Matt Arend talk with Katie Martin & George Couros was inspiring.  

Although I work at the high school level and at a much larger school, the ideas each of these elementary school principals shared resonated with me.  

I loved Amber’s idea of everyone moving forward no matter what the pace.  Her clear expectations and goals help everyone at her school improve.  The discussions about how learning is never over and that we can always work to improve is something I believe in and try to practice.  I sometimes have teachers ask me why I am redoing or “tweaking” a process, activity, etc. when it already works well.  My answer:  life is constantly changing, and I want to make sure I am always trying to do my best.

I also loved the discussion about being a “school teacher” vs a “classroom teacher.”  As our school’s tech cIMMOOC 3 You cant do it aloneoach, I am a “school teacher” by default – I am responsible for and interact with all students.  But I want ALL of our teachers to be “school teachers.”

What “school teachers” refers to is the idea (and practice) that ALL teachers need to care about what happens in ALL classrooms with ALL children.  That doesn’t mean that everyone will know every minute of what goes on in another class – that’s unrealistic.  But it is also naive to think that what goes on in one class does not impact what happens in another.

We need to work to learn about others and build on each other’s work.  At our school, for example, students take 8 classes.  That’s a lot of different teachers, physical classrooms, rules, content, procedures, standards, assessments, etc.  Our students and our school as a whole can only benefit from us knowing more about what happens the other 7 blocks our students spend in other classes.

So – let’s share what we’re doing – in conversation, on social media, etc.  Ask questions of each other.  We are a community of learners – “You can’t do it alone.”




2 thoughts on “#IMMOOC – Week 3. Post 2 – You can’t do it alone

  1. moonandstarstx March 19, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    This idea that we all need to work together, share what we’re doing, and build off of each other’s work is something that is really standing out for me this week. I’ve realized that in my school, there are lots of great things happening, but we really don’t have a way to share what we’re doing with each other. Have you found any strategies that work well at your school? I work in an elementary school, and I’ve just started trying to create some ways that we can share our work with each other. Your post gave me the idea to try collecting/collating the weekly newletters that teachers send home with their students. I’ll have to think more about what that might look like. Thank you for inspiring the idea!

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    • Ms. A March 20, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      We have tried a schoolwide hashtag, but do not have many teachers on social media, so that has not taken off as much as we’d hoped. I try to post what’s going on in classrooms on our school’s social media accounts when I come across it. It’s definitely an area where we could improve.


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