I am in and out of different schools weekly. I see people working really hard. Educators doing all they can to meet the needs of the their students. But, more and more I see people working hard, alone. I see classroom teachers working in isolation doing their jobs. I see ESL/Resource teacher pulling students out and working in their own rooms. And what I see is a lot of very tired people.
We all know teaching counts. The heart of the matter is truly believing that we can teach all the kids we have – and we will – and others can work with us, because collectively we know enough to make a difference.
My best teaching years were the ones when I had someone to collaborate with, to plan with and to teach with, side by side. This meant all students were in my classroom with two experts, not one. When things didn’t go quite as planned, we would share a look and as the kids cleaned up, talk about what we could change to make it better next time. When things went well, we joyfully celebrated. And for those moments, I want to say thank you to Heather, Julie, Dee-Ann, Colleen, Louesa, Faye, Michelle, Brooke and Jeri. Thanks for being my plus one, my plus two, my better half in teaching and learning, at some point in my teaching and learning journey.
I urge teachers to find their plus one in their schools. An educational assistant, teacher librarian, ELL/Resource teacher or anyone else to team with, plan with, teach with and learn with because I know in my heart, we are all better together.