Motivational March 14, Isaac Image from the movie The Pursuit of Happyness Everyday dawns with a lot of hopes and expectations to accomplish something great, significant and appreciable.
When a school or district functions as a PLC, educators within the organization embrace high levels of learning for all students as both the reason the organization exists and the fundamental responsibility of those who work within it.
This article addresses five dysfunctions of a PLC. The purpose of this article is to describe how dysfunctional behavior can interfere with the school's commitment to the learning of each student.
All Teams Are Potentially Dysfunctional Lencioni wrote, "Like it or not, all teams are potentially dysfunctional.
This is inevitable because they are made up of fallible, imperfect human beings. Some teams feel like they can operate without norms, but conflict or a dysfunctional team member usually highlights the purpose of norms. When teams operate with norms, each member of the team understands how to communicate, how shared decisions will be handled, when to arrive for meetings, and how to professionally disagree.
I have observed teams that developed norms five years ago, but they fail to revisit the team norms. When a new teacher moves from a different grade level or from another school district, it is difficult for the teacher to participate in the PLC because the team norms are akin to living and working in a different country or culture.
Lack of Team Goals "You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures. Noble "If you're bored with life—you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things—you don't have enough goals.
Establishing a school or district-level PLC will not mean that a team will meet its goals any more than a basketball team will go undefeated by having a daily practice.
Some teams fail to establish goals because they believe that teaching hard and developing rigorous lessons will support student achievement.
Other teams have a lack of trust, and they do not wish to share instructional strategies or discuss student misunderstandings.
A team without goals will lack purpose, urgency, and a destination. It is difficult to celebrate a small win without established goals.Using Observations to Improve Teacher Practice How States Can Build Meaningful Observation Systems July The Reform Support Network, sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Education, supports the Race to. In today’s video Teacher magazine sits down with Australian Council for Educational Research CEO Professor Geoff Masters AO to discuss why it is important that students are involved in the process of setting goals for their own learning and can monitor the progress that they’re making.
What you are describing as a"Professional Learning Community” sounds very much like the ideal school based team in the Canadian school system. A team is generally made up of non-enrolling teachers, counselor, speech and language pathologist, psychologist, administrator and classroom teacher.
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