You know the feeling: it’s family vacation time and you’ve packed busy bags for the kids, have enough Goldfish crackers and juice boxes to keep them in snacks for weeks, suitcases stuffed in the back and under feet, special blankie and stuffed bear freshly laundered. Silently, you remember the last car trip which led to the discovery that Silly Putty sticks to fabric and think optimistically that this time will be better. It has to be better.
PLC Culture: Who’s in your minivan?
With the rise of PLC collaboration, the potential for teachers to increase student learning and achievement increases exponentially. With our GPS set to locate and find “success” on the map, we tuck ourselves in for the trip, singing “we are family,” and the rest is easy peasy, right?
What happens if we aren’t one big happy family? What if we all have different ideas of what “success” looks like? What if some people in the car want to discuss the philosophy of road tripping instead of actually getting on the road? What if some people complain because the busy bags have Goldfish instead of pretzels, goddammit, and don’t even get them started on the juice boxes. What if some people aren’t comfortable and want to stretch their legs, have a bit of adventure, make the experience more meaningful? What if some people are so obsessed with following the GPS directions exactly and fail to see that there may be more than one way to reach the destination? What if more than one person wants to sit in the driver seat? What if some people don’t like traveling together?
You see, I’ve experienced functional and dysfunctional PLC’s – I’m currently a part of both types. [Read more…]