Magazine article Curriculum Review

GRADES K - 12: Shadowing Students: An Eye-Opening Experience for Teachers and Administrators

Magazine article Curriculum Review

GRADES K - 12: Shadowing Students: An Eye-Opening Experience for Teachers and Administrators

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One chilly day in February, a high school principal from Fall River, Massachusetts, decided to ride the school bus vs. greeting the riders coming into school as he does every day. Principal Brian McCann chose to be part of the Shadow a Student Challenge, a national initiative, and has done so for the past four years--each year shadowing a student in a different grade, according to an article by The Herald News.

The Shadow a Student Challenge starts with seeing school through a student's eyes, identifying meaningful opportunities to improve the school experience for students and then taking action to create change at the school site, according to information from ShadowAStudent.org. It's about being immersed in the student experience, not evaluating the student or teachers.

McCann boarded the bus at 6:25 am. "The bus was so cold. But the bus driver was really nice. It's funny to see life from another perspective," he said to The Herald News.

While on the bus, McCann saw many students looking at their phones but others chatted with McCann.

"I learned that one of the kids on the bus came from four generations of dairy farmers. I had no idea, I knew him as a kid in band," said McCann. "I was fascinated by that."

This year, McCann shadowed a freshman and followed him in his seven classes: math, history, English, science, history of American music, health and Spanish.

Throughout the day, McCann captured it through photos and selfies as well as in written blog posts. "[The post] wasn't, 'What is the teacher doing' or 'What are the kids doing? …

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