Brainstorming, Listening, & Support - We're Here
More often than not, every teacher needs to bounce ideas off of someone throughout the year. It may be over something small, and it may be over something much larger. Either way, we as professionals find a way to problem solve! Before teacher leadership, we all had our people that we ran to when we needed a helping hand or someone to lend an ear. Now, new teachers and many veterans are coming to teachers leaders to ask for their thoughts on student learning, new ideas, and minor setbacks.
If I had to estimate, I would say we have worked closely with 10-15 teachers already this year on brainstorming, listening & support, and gathering resources with a specific goal in mind. This may not seem like a lot, but it is only week 4, right?!
One veteran teacher, Mrs. Chamberlin, worked closely with Michelle to brainstorm and problem-solve behavior problems with a particular student. Michelle observed student behaviors in class and offered advice which lead to a clear plan when things got dicey. Mrs. Chamberlin stated that Michelle's "support was invaluable" and that she would never hesitate to come to her in the future.
As every teacher knows, it's the students who drive us to be better, do more, and stay later. Leaving the classroom has not changed that a bit in my mind. We are always here to help your students in any way possible!