Sunday, March 10, 2013

Teacher Swap

Last week I highlighted Stephen Willis and his unique twist on Name that Tune.  This week, Stephen has sent an idea that helps us all better understand another teacher's perspective.  Atticus Finch states "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

The teachers at Model Laboratory School are willing to "climb into the skin" of another teacher at another level and see education from another point of view.  Below, Stephen gives a brief introduction of the school and the procedure for the "Teacher Swap". 

Model Laboratory School is a Pre-K – 12 school located at Eastern Kentucky University.  It currently has an enrollment of 750 students.  The school has a voluntary team competition called Model Behavior.  The teams consist of faculty and staff from elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Teacher Swap
Objective:  Faculty and Staff are given an opportunity to swap jobs with someone that works on a different level for half a day.

Set Up:  A week is established to run the activity and a calendar is made and placed in the lounge.  Faculty and Staff are given the opportunity to sign up and swap with someone with similar job experience.  The amount of swaps are limited per day to prevent operation issues. 

Example:  Miss Canfield teaches high school geometry and Miss Landers teaches 1st grade.  On Tuesday they both leave detailed lesson plans and trade teaching positions from 8 to 11.  

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