Thursday, March 26, 2015

Expectations for Success?

Teaching/learning organizations have changed a lot in the past five years. There are multiple new initiatives at play. There are also new roles and structures.

In thinking about these changes, I'm wondering about what the expectations are for success in the teaching/learning organization? As with most education topics, those expectations will change from community to community.

Some expectations will be explicit. For example Massachusetts has outlined the attributes for teaching/learning success in their teacher evaluation documents. Other expectations will be more subtle which takes observation and good listening to understand well.

Bottom line in all teaching/learning organizations is the need to treat one another with respect and care and to keep your efforts and attitude focused on successful student learning. We won't always hit the mark we aim for as teaching is challenging work, but we can all support one another as we move in that direction and do our best work.