In November, our teachers were asked to spend time in each other's classrooms to observe and learn. Each teacher observed multiple teachers from like and unlike disciplines. Some of our teachers even chose to go outside of Altona and learn from educators from other schools. Our staff reflected together and had some amazing takeaways from this opportunity.
I've been reading a book by George Couros called "The Innovator's Mindset." It has really helped stimulate and challenge my thinking on how to move forward with shaping a shared vision for Altona. He discusses 8 Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset. The first characteristic he discusses is empathy. As educators, we strive to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.