25 Feb

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.


Posted by on February 25, 2009 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “dichotomous

  1. Jeri Cook

    February 25, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Dr, Kaye Stripling, a phenomenal mentor and educator, taught me the power of collaboration.
    A charismatic woman with amazing problem solving ability, she always surrounded herself with really bright people who loved collaborative mind workouts. She encouraged teamwork and we never worked in isolation. She was the one who encouraged us to train in teams-to go beyond the power of one. We face so many challenges in education, the nation and the world–it will be the art of collaboration, I think, that will help us find our way.

  2. htate

    February 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I believe there should be a balance of both, collaboration and isolation. Time to work alone, reflect, and refine and time to work with others to brainstorm, suggest, and view different perspectives. That was how my classroom worked so I believe you are correct about teachers structuring their classroom to the way they enjoy learning.

  3. Janice D.

    February 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Isn’t it sad that collaboration in schools is so superficial? I guess it just isn’t the norm. I remember my PLCs but we hardly get anything done seriously. I guess it’s because teachers have their own individual styles and even if ideas are shared, some are just resistant and stubborn; they go back to their own classrooms, shut their doors and do their own “private practice.” It may be true that teaching is a lonely profession but it doesn’t have to be that way.

  4. RSheinberg

    February 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    The power of collaboration is very evident in the C & I family. Look at how we are communicating with one another as of late. Two weeks ago blogging was not something I embraced as a viable means of communication, but as we all know some communicate better through verbal means and others through the written word. That is self evident in the length of the blog. Collaboration can happen for that shy reserved isolated teacher – he/she just needs to learn how to blogg and know it is non-threating. An old dog can learn new tricks – just depends on the trick.

  5. D Greenberg

    February 28, 2009 at 1:02 am

    good point RS – although it may seem contrived at first, i do believe this is valuable communication. honestly – would the 4 of us have ever had this conversation otherwise?


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