A recent blog entry on the Teaching Channel caught my interest. It was titled, “The Detriment of Teacher Isolation.” I have never considered myself an isolated teacher. I do spend a lot of time in my classroom with the door closed; however, I don’t feel isolated. Hallway discussions, conversations with colleagues, and great resources like ECNing and Edmodo provide a ready and rich support system for ideas and problems.
The blog entry did cause me to start thinking of the one way I have firmly kept my classroom door closed. I have never voluntarily invited a colleague into my room to observe my teaching. I provide professional development for my colleagues all the time, so they see my teaching skill and style. So why am I hesitant to open my door when my skills mean the most — when I am teaching my students?
I am scared. What if I mess up? What if the students act out? The flip side of this is what if I am missing something that someone could help me with? What if I can become a better teacher? And as they say, “No guts, no glory!” So, I am slowly inching my classroom door open. I shall invite a colleague into my room … or maybe I will videotape myself and ask colleagues to help me critique it. Either way, it will be done. How about you?