Rick, I enjoyed your reflections on becoming a specialist teachers. With so much focus on literacy and numeracy, I always find that specialists provide an insight into a school. This was something I reflected upon a few years ago in regards to.
From a primary perspective, it feels as if some roll out the usual PE, Art, Language and Technology combination, while others put a bit more thought into this to make it as meaningful as possible for the context at hand.
For example, I was lucky enough to visit one school last year that ran all the specialists together with a massive STEM focus. They would balance between projects and immersion sessions. While another school had a vineyard/farm and operated all their sessions around this. I am not sure of the realities of either program, but it was definitely food for thought.
On a side note Rick, how have you found building relationships with parents as a specialist? I imagine that having been in the classroom previously within the school you would already have some preexisting connections, which may help?
P.S. recommend listening to Waleed Aly’s interview on the Take 5 Podcast for an interesting reflection on taking the PA in primary school.