What if teachers engaged in job shadows outside the field of education, but within a field connected to their own teaching domain? A social studies teacher could shadow a policy maker at the state capital; a math teacher could shadow an algorithm developer at Google; an English teacher could shadow a freelance investigative journalist in action; a science teacher could shadow an anthrax vaccine developer at Lawrence Livermore Lab.
There are designers, scientists, engineers, project managers, marketing experts, researchers, writers, analysts, farmers, artists, and more. All are experts in fields that have potential connections to what we teach. Shadowing these experts can enliven and expand the ways we think about our own areas of focus as teachers, and thereby benefit our students.
Key objectives: to broaden our idea base, to learn about new skills and their applications, to gain new perspectives, to network and build bridges between school and community, to model shadowing for our students.