Happily, I had an excellent student teacher in my classroom at the time, so – with the permission of our principal -- we co-planned a lesson which she would deliver to both our classes, under the supervision of a supportive colleague, while Dale and I headed off to a school in a neighbouring school board for an afternoon of observation and question asking.
Inevitably, one considers how one might do things differently in one’s own classroom with a different set of student needs, and, of course, one is inspired and encouraged – here were two other relatively "normal" teachers doing what we hoped to do in the coming year… therefore, surely we, too, could succeed in our own endeavor!
We are so grateful to the two teachers who opened the curtains on their fishbowl for us to oberve, and to their principal (and ours!) for supporting this visit. We both look forward to visits to other colleagues’ classrooms in the months ahead, and invite reciprocal visits for similar observations in math, or for some other reason of interest with which we might be of assistence in others’ professional learning journey.