One of my favorite old movies is Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart's character is immobilized with a broken leg and takes up looking out his apartment window at the neighbors. Not in a creepy way. He just happens to put together enough clues to solve a murder. In our society it is not considered polite to stare! But let's think about watching others in regards to our teaching.
We are all certainly well aware of the teaching strategy of modeling for our students. Most of us, especially the VISUALLY oriented learners learn by watching!
When was the last time you watched another master teacher at work?
I'm going to another school soon with a group of teachers to view a master teacher in our district.
I have no doubt we will see and learn things that we will all want to try-out in our own classrooms. Are you in a rut? When was the last time you tried something totally new?
I bet you will find your principal would be more than willing to free up some time for you to visit another teacher's classroom either in your own or another school.