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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

October 11, 2014

An important perspective for all teachers……

Granted, and...

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. 

I have made a terrible mistake.

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!

This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching…

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. John Thompson permalink
    October 15, 2014 6:18 pm

    Thanks for the reblog; it gives me an opportunity to surf teacher blogs and that’s fun.
    I’m itching to get back to what I love – teaching, as opposed to edu-politics. Here’s my thoughts.

  2. Betsey permalink
    October 12, 2014 9:20 am

    Isn’t it amazing how spending time w/another viewpoint can change our perspective? I love that this teacher was willing to be open to the experience and learned so much from it. Great insights and ideas. Thank you for sharing.

    • October 13, 2014 10:24 am

      Thank you for your comment.
      Simple yet powerful! “Walk a mile in someone’s shoes.”

  3. Lisa Plichta permalink
    October 11, 2014 8:55 pm

    I read this “sobering lesson” and felt like the writer — I would do things differently. Thank you for posting this piece. We are going to read it in at least one of my education classes this coming week. It’s important to “walk in the shoes” of students from time to time

    • October 13, 2014 10:22 am

      If every teacher would do this what difference it would make. We often have preservice teachers shadow classroom teachers, maybe we should ask them to shadow students. Thanks for sharing this with your students.

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