My first teaching assignment was high school Spanish, which eventually became Spanish, Physical Education, and Leadership. When I decided to earn my Multiple Subject Credential, I went off to a new school to teach bilingual first/second grade. After working in the primary grades for awhile, I decided I was ready for a new challenge, and asked to be reassigned to an upper grade class. Woo hoo! Sixth grade! Next, the principal made the decision to move me into fourth grade. I currently teach a fourth/fifth combination class in Petaluma, CA. K-12 grades I still need to teach: 3rd, 7th and 8th.
I like the idea of looking to already established best practices to improve our own. We have so much that we could learn from other countries! This seems like a very possible idea with all of the technology we have access to.
Paula Marra What I had in mind was teachers meeting live and being grouped with staff from other sites. During breaks throughout the day, teachers would (hopefully) naturally chat about things/programs going on at their sites. Possibly, the chatting would happen even during the tasks/activities that were being completed. I hadn't thought about a hang out. What a great idea! I'm now thinking that beginning with a district-wide meeting at a certain site and following up with hang outs would be even better. Thank you for the comment and bright idea!