isn’t just a big, fancy word. after a great day planning with my team i realized what disjunct, contradictory lives educators lead. on the one hand we can enjoy working as a team, having the chance to collaborate and realize the potential of a group of minds working towards common goals. while at the same time, teachers enter their classrooms and professional developers enter their cubes, and isolate themselves from their peers to go about their ‘own thing’. if we did a study would we find out that teachers that value collaboration are more likely to build communities in their classroom? are teachers who prefer to work in isolation going to ask the same of their students? it has been my experience over the past several months as i have joined pds, that teamwork, collaboration and pulling your weight seem to be more highly valued here than in the classroom. to be honest, i like it that way a bit better.