A friend of RW recently started a new job. He’s in a major leadership role, and when he began to add events to his calendar, he made sure to schedule a near-daily “walkabout.”
As he walks, he pops in and out of classrooms and conversations and works hard to simply notice what and how students are learning.
When he returns to his desk, he writes down a few details about what he noticed.
Later, he evolves some of his noticings by connecting them to quotations from relevant educational research.
Even later, he polishes the newly formed pairing of noticings and research tidbits.
Last, he shares back whatever he has polished with the community that hosts his near-daily walkabouts.
I think this is good practice for a leader:
Walk around on-site.
Notice and then capture what you notice.
Contextualize what you notice.
Polish the above.
Share the above.