The term reverse mentoring was recently introduced to me. It is certainly not a new concept, but it seems like a valuable idea for everyone in education. How can we learn from those we serve? As a teacher, how can we be intentional about how we learn from our students? What questions can be ask them? How can we listen? What observations of our students can help us grow. As leaders, at the building and district levels, how can we learn from our support staff? How can we grow based on our conversations with teachers? How can we listen looking for wisdom from our parents and community members?
Reverse mentoring, though nothing new, has the opportunity to grow our professional learning networks, humble ourselves to the idea that everyone has valuable ideas to grow us, and supports a curiosity to find ideas, materials and resources to support all of those that we support in our schools.