Good schools become great through collaboration. When you have in house professional development in schools and you allow your teachers to learn from each other, the sense of community becomes really strong.
We all have unique skill sets and can all learn from each other. Even when you are presenting a workshop, the learning you receive through sharing your ideas with your colleagues can be even more rewarding for you, than for those who participated in your workshop.
Today, I presented a workshop on stimulating inquiry with a philosophical framework. The workshop was for both primary and secondary teachers, which was a bit daunting at first, being a Grade 2 teacher. But philosophy is about open mindedness, inquiry and being genuinely intrigued by the world and the people in it. All of the teachers who attended my workshop were like this. Genuinely intrigued by our students, their thinking and how it progresses as they grow in age.
Blending learning experiences between primary and secondary is incredibly powerful. Secondary teachers were surprised by the depth of the questions and thinking coming out from a Grade 2 classroom and equally learning more about the MYP and DP helps primary teachers to see where we need to help our students to go and to think about what is really important.
We should never underestimate the thinking of our students, but equally we shouldn’t underestimate the thinking of our colleagues, whether we are primary, secondary, specialists or admin, we all have something to learn.