Sunday, November 27, 2016
Developing Skill and Focus: Multiple Learning Paths
As I consider my many paths, the one that I wish to enrich the most right now is the path related to collaborative efforts. I believe in team, and I believe that team is at the center of potential when it comes to building dynamic teaching/learning communities.
I've taken up a lot of air time when it comes to teaching/learning, and now I want to listen more, think, and elevate those around me. I will add when I think it's important, but I'll listen a lot more to understand better how we might maximize each others' contribution to support children and their families well.
How will I make this visible in the days ahead.
Salary and Working Conditions Meeting/Union Board
Educators will meet several times in the days ahead to discuss what they need to teach as well as they can. I have thought a lot about this. I want to listen carefully to what my colleagues have to say in this regard. I'll take good notes, listen, and add if I think it's very important to add as I've already shared many thoughts and ideas online and in real time.
Similarly I've shared a lot of ideas related to teaching fifth grade math. Now it's time to listen to what others have to say.
Similarly I've had a lot to say and do with regard to our grade level team goals and efforts. It's time to listen, think, and decide how I might contribute more and better.
Same as above.
As I listen, I'll think deeply about how we might elevate process so that we enlist the voices and knowledge of many to make best possible decisions to serve students and families well. I'm looking forward to this learning goal, a goal empowered by the Dalai Lama's three words: tolerance, patience, and compassion. Onward!