Last week I was lucky enough to visit three other schools. It is such a joy and privilege to be able to do this. As teachers we spend our days surrounded by students, usually just in our classrooms. Days spent hopefully, by us teaching and our students learning. Although perhaps that should read, with us all teaching and learning together. However we phrase it though, a teacher’s life is generally spent with students and In a classroom. So the opportunity to view other learning environments is rare.
The schools I visited were both similar in some ways and yet also different to mine. Passing through I was both reassured and inspired. Reassured that I am on the right track and inspired to try new ideas. I saw lessons I could gain ideas from and activities I might try. I ate lunch with the staff at one and mulled over a programming problem with them. Offering my advice and listening to their insights.
As I reflect on these visits my main thought is one of thanks. Thanks that I had this opportunity and thanks that other schools are willing to open their doors and classrooms to other teachers.
So if you can get the chance, visit other schools. Or even other classes, drop into your neighbour around the corner or around the corridor. Share ideas. Learn together and from each other. I promise you won’t regret it. The life of a teacher is often hard and always busy. Share it. After all a problem shared is a problem halved.