Walking a Mile in Someone Else’s Moccasins
It is an old saying, but a relevant one even in today’s hyper techno world where answers are instantaneous and time precious. The saying begs that you would take the time to understand what someone else is feeling by sharing their experiences. A twist on the mindful experience of knowing one’s self through quiet understanding, patience, and care.
In a recent article in the Washington Post by Valerie Strauss titled “Teacher Spends Two Days As A Student and Is Shocked At What She Learns” we experience the proverbial walk in someone else’s moccasins. A teacher spends two days shadowing two students and comes away with a lot of helpful insight for her peers. It is a series of “a ha” moments that make sense and are easy to blend into a personal teaching style.
I can add with confidence, due to my years in the classroom and as an administrator, what the article brings to the table is worth the read. Whether you are a seasoned classroom teacher, a teacher new to the trade, or a parent, you will find some very positive and important information.