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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Systems and Patterns for Teacher Voice

How do you access voice from those at the front line of your organization?

Do you take their ideas, observations, and opinions seriously?

Do you explicitly share information that supports their work, vision, and direction?

Are they part of the decision-making team, the work that affects what they can do to teach well?

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Similarly, how do you access voice from the students you teach?

Do you take their ideas, observations, and opinions seriously?

Do you explicitly share information that supports their learning, vision, and direction?

Are they part of the decision-making team, the work that affects their successful learning each day?

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Voice and choice remain critical factors with regard to school success.

When students or educators feel unheard, good potential is lost.

Explicit, streamlined systems for communication support voice and choice.

What do those systems look like?

Do people take those systems seriously?

Are the systems inclusive and well defined?

These are all questions I'm curious about as I move forward in the profession with a goal of teaching well.