Warming Up, Together
I have spent a lot of the past few weekends splitting and stacking wood. Here in Vermont, there is an old saying that firewood warms you up three times: first when you cut and split it, second when you stack it and third when you actually burn it. The process of putting in firewood for the winter reminds me a lot of getting started in a new school year. It is difficult but satisfying work: preparing the logs, carefully stacking the wood and taking a step back to ensure the pile is as straight as possible. It is also work that is much more enjoyable and efficient when shared with others.
As we begin the school year and teams of teachers gather together to prepare and start teaching classes, it is a similar process. Teaching ignites the fire of learning many times: when we plan for how best to serve students, when we take a step back to understand our learners, when we actually engage with students in the classroom and when we reflect on what we have learned as teachers. Like stacking firewood, teaching is also a process that is best shared with others. When we learn together as teachers, we leverage the collective efficacy and shared joy that makes our work both satisfying and effective.
This month, we invite you and your colleagues to join WIDA to energize and focus your work together. If you want to start the year with an introduction to what WIDA has to offer, consider engaging with the WIDA Virtual Institute together with a cohort of your colleagues. Read this month’s Focus School to learn how the Virtual Institute supported their work. If you want to improve your collaboration skills, register with a colleague for our Stretching Your Coteaching course. And if your team is ready to take your learning to the next level, join the new Global Community of Practice to support you in evaluating and improving school-wide systems that serve multilingual learners.
Mis más cálidos saludos
Jon Nordmeyer, WIDA International Programs director
*Spanish: With warm regards