Paula Baxter

Marcelle ~ after enjoying your writing for so long, I was thrilled that you took the time to leave me this feedback. It’s funny that you mentioned the Grant Wiggins blog post, as at the time of writing, that was the only one of it’s kind and I had planned to use that teacher’s format as a template for my own, but quickly realised that our shadowing days had been very different, both in content and takeaways. I had wondered if this was indicative of the fact I spent the day with a fourth grader and not a high schooler, so was heartened when you shared Arnie Bieber’s blog post and his day in high school was much closer to my own experience, or I wonder if it was just closer to the international school norm, what do you think?

I think it would be great for teachers to spend a day shadowing a student; however, I think we have a few more barriers to push through at our school to get everyone more comfortable and confident with peer walkthroughs before we ask anyone to make this leap of faith. I plan and hope that we will be at that stage in our school next year.

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