Collaboration

1 Dec

I have been reading this week a great deal about collaboration and leadership in a learning environment. I suggest the following by Jane David useful.

What research says about collaborative inquiry

As teachers I don’t think we do this well but I don’t know why as personally I love going into the classrooms of my school to be invigorated by what great ideas our staff have. I hope in the revamped appraisal system and Registered Teachers Criteria in Schools will encourage this more.
Literature suggests ‘collaboration’ to happen staff must understand the culture of the SLT. It must be  clear that to have an effective PLN in school, there couldn’t be any independent contractors who were working in isolation doing their own thing. This is important.

To establish and sustain a collaborative culture, you have to confront behaviours that aren’t collaborative. Gossip and not holding each other accountable is not helpful. When a topic is being discussed, there needs to be compromise before the discussion is over.  This discussion should be robust and everybody shall feel safe.

Everybody in an institution knows who is working together and those that are on their own path. The question is what is the SLT do about?

As leader it shouldn’t be a secret or mystery when it comes to their beliefs and thoughts on education. We can’t be backward in coming forward about what we really believe. More importantly you have to follow it up. In the about section of this blog I outline my own beliefs.

Don’t try and change someone’s attitude; focus on changing their behavior through expectations.

We are a learning community and ākonga is at the centre of the learning community.

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