Is There a Culture of Teacher Growth in Your School?

A great article, by Irene Fountas, related to my last post, “An Invitation to Geek Out”. I am particularly intrigued by the idea of teachers and administrators viewing themselves as a team.

I’ve seen the pay-off of teachers acting as a team first-hand, at one particular school in my coaching travels. The teachers in this school truly work together, using their PLC time to talk out problems and come up with innovative solutions. They are educators that care deeply about their craft and it shows, in the way they are constantly trying to hone their practice. They debate issues, create new lessons and materials, and they SHARE it all! They work to keep each other up with curriculum pacing and they keep the standards in check as they go.

It’s inspiring to see their success and growth as a team of professionals. It’s also a model that others could replicate, by discussing some of the questions Fountas raises in this article.

Keep the conversation going!

– Lindsay

Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

3.20.15 Irene Fountas Photo

by Irene Fountas, Author and Director of the Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

In a culture of teacher growth, the educators in a school value their expertise and seek opportunities to expand it. They value teamwork and how it contributes to the achievement of all the students in the school. Think for a minute about the characteristics of your school culture.
  • What are the professional learning expectations for you in your school?  In other words, what is your understanding of what is expected of you in terms of continuous professional learning and what should you expect of your colleagues?
  • Are the expectations for professional learning by the educators communicated in a written document so everyone who works in the building has the same understandings and expectations of each other?
  • How generous are you in sharing your teaching and supporting your colleagues? How would your colleagues describe you…

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