I want to start out with another story this week (go ahead and skip it if you’re not interested…). Anyways, I’m part of a problem solving committee at our middle school this year. At the end of April, we had a small collaboration meeting with a few individuals. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. During this meeting, all our voices were heard, and I believe great things began to happen. I went home feeling like a king.
The power of collaboration. Earlier this week, I participated in a Twitter chat with Dr. Mary Howard (@DrMaryHoward), whom I follow very closely. She has very good insight about education; I strongly suggest to follow her. One aspect that was brought up during the chat was listening. The question was something to the effect of do you talk too much or listen too much in conversations? I believe that listening and working collaboratively go hand in hand. You can’t work well collaboratively without listening to others. I admit, I usually have trouble listening to others because I want to get my idea to surface. With writing this post, I feel kind of hypocritical, but it’s something that I’m striving to improve. With that stated, here are some reasons why listening is extremely important…
Next year our school is making a change to block scheduling. With doing this, our middle school teachers are no longer teaching one class. We will be teaching multiple classes, but working collaboratively with another teacher. I can't wait to jump into this opportunity to plan with other teachers and create some dynamic lessons and lasting memories for our students.
As Amy Poehler once stated, “As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” The power of collaboration.
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