This week has reminded me how educators do not work in isolation. Some wonderful parent had noticed that we were having issues with The safety of our crosswalk area where our safety patrollers support students in safely coming to school and getting home. I went out this morning to find amazingly lovely and professional-looking yellow lines painted on the road and it looks amazing. I love it when others look at ways to help create a better community school, and Keeler is exceptional in this way!
1. Community Support – In the past year, Keeler school has received donations from private families, private companies, large corporations, as well as support from agencies, the provincial government, the AGLC, and our School Council and parents. This makes me remember that there are many people on our side who want to help, but just don’t always know how. Thank you for stepping up to work with us for better outcomes for our wonderful Keeler Cougar students.
2. Collaboration with Students – I love when I ask students, or they just feel free to come talk to me, about an issue… A group of grade 6 boys came to me and said they were playing a lot of football outside and it would be awesome to have a football club. They said they were having some small issues around 2-hand touch, and that maybe this would help. What an opportunity! They had a problem, but they came to me with a solution as well! How sweet is that!
3. Professional Collaboration – The same can be said for professional educators and schools. We need to keep in mind that one individual never has the best answers, and that it is through conversation and collaboration that we get to better places. Time always seems to hinder this work, but we just need to make sure we utilize greater professional conversation to support each other.
4. Online Collaboration – A huge tool I have been utilizing for collaboration is an online professional learning strategy. Twitter is amazing for this, as I follow a number of amazing educators to share with and borrow ideas and resources from, such as
@stevewclark, @gcouros, @sjunkins, @ChrisWejr, @mik_enzie, and @derekrakowski. The Area III Learning Commons Blog, which is a grassroots blog created by some amazing teachers in our area, is amazing to follow and is at http://a3lc.blogspot.ca/, our own Keeler School Weebly Site allows us to share our students work at http://keelercommons.weebly.com/, and of course utilizing this blog for my own personal professional reflection (https://unravelingnewfrontiers.wordpress.com).
Think about that all those many times that a group of people sit down together and come up with ideas or solutions that art 10 times better than they could have done alone. This is why I love education, as I have learned that I do not know it all, and that by talking with others we can always come up with better solutions.
Work hard, learn tons!