Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Who was that masked blogger?

Red Maschera
Red Maschera,
originally uploaded by Bobble.
The anonymous commenter on my More classroom blogs post has outed herself as the writer of the You think you know, but you have no idea... blog. I am ashamed to say that I missed the fact that she'd started up blogging again because she has some really great things to say. I can't resist quoting from her recent What have you done today to make you feel proud? post and adding a couple of comments of my own.
"My last post was on a somewhat negative theme, but after a good old cry on Tuesday night (and of course writing my blog), I picked myself up again and made the most of the rest of the week. I cannot describe how much better I felt after writing down all my thoughts last Tuesday, and although there hasnt been too many comments floating about, it is so nice to be able to read other student teachers blogs and realise how tough a time we're all having sometimes and remind me I'm not on my own."
I was going to add a comment to this quote, but I think it speaks for itself.
"The department im in is open plan, and at one point, the teacher on the other side of the partition came running through to see what the kids were describing because she thought it sounded so interesting!!"
Brilliant! How encouraging is that for a student teacher? I think that as teachers we do not sit in on other teachers lessons enough. I suspect that both observer and observed would benefit from informal observation of each others lessons. An interesting idea would be to watch teachers of other subjects... sorry that's probably a step to far! Silly me. :-)

Go and read her blog yourself and leave her some comments. There's good stuff in there.

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1 comment:

stuck_in_the_middle said...

Thanks for the publicity David! And I really appreciate your comments. I totally agree with your thoughts that teachers dont observe other teachers enough - Im lucky that my most of my department is open plan because it really does encourage other teachers to observe and learn from each other's practice. However, I think as students, and next year probationers we are in the privileged position of being 'used to' tutor visits and observed lessons - maybe it will encourage us to share this useful learning approach within our departments - I know I'v learned loads from observing lessons as well as teaching them.