Mount Vernon has long subscribed to the #learningwalk as an innovative professional development option- it’s fast, local, and free. Teachers from all divisions participate in these professional learning opportunities often. This is also the Lower School’s second year participating in collaborative learning partners- an update to the traditional mentor-mentee role. Regardless of years in the trenches, collaborative learning partners have much to learn from one another. Combine these two strong educational practices and you get…the collaborative partner learning walk!

The collaborative partner learning walk today lasted an hour: 10:30-11:30.  Maggie (@maggiegbradford), Allison (@AllisonToller), and I set out toward the Kindergarten hallway to see student learning in action. Following the #mvpschool norm of Tweeting a bright spot with the #learningwalk hashtag, we popped in as many classrooms as possible, knowing that it was also a popular lunch/recess timeframe. If a class wasn’t in session, we “ghost walked” the room looking for evidence of innovative teaching practices and student learning such as visible thinking strategies.

We visited almost every K-4 classroom, with or without students. Below is a snapshot of a few of our Tweets.

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 (For a closer look at learning walks, see Tony Wagners Global Achievement Gap, pp. 47-48 as well as @boadams well-written blog post)