Posted: October 19, 2020
When I first started teaching, I had a playbook from college, wisdom from my student teaching, and a year of substitute teaching under my belt. I felt ready, but I was nervous. As the school year started I had some success and a lot of failure! I listened to my students and quickly determined there were a handful of teachers I needed to meet and learn from. The students talked about them in a way I hoped they talked about me. The students didn’t use these exact words but the general message went something like this. “He’s tough, but I’m learning a lot.” “She cares about me.” “The way she organizes things really helps me.” These colleagues became my mentors. I learned so much from them in conversations between classes, at lunch, by visiting their classrooms.
Working together looks a little different today. There aren’t the same opportunities to check-in with colleagues, but there are new ways to connect. This week’s HOPE & JOY is about connecting with other teachers. I interviewed three Camas High School teachers, Charlotte Waters, Kate Hunting, and Katie Boring to talk about what they’ve learned and what’s working for them for remote learning. It was a great conversation – enjoy!