So often as educators we toil and sow the seeds of our passion in isolation. As the fruits of our labor take root, blossom, and yield results, our classrooms become our silos, from which we rarely have the opportunity to venture out from, or showcase the amazing things happening within. LEARNing Walks provide just that opportunity, which is why I jumped at the chance to go.
As best practices are examined, more educators are sharing the value of observing learning across environments, which is undoubtedly a victory for education, but often these are within one’s own building. LEARNing Walks afford the participants the chance to witness learning across the educational spectrum. As an elementary teacher, seeing the middle school learners was invaluable. I was amazed at how much the students were using technology to support and demonstrate their understanding. It was a great reminder to me that I need to be diligent in incorporating technology with my own students so that they leave grammar school with the skills they need to be successful on the next step of their educational path.