Monday, April 18, 2011

Creating a Culture of Learning

"The nature of relationships among the adults within a school has a greater influence on the character and quality of that school and on student accomplishment than anything else." Roland Barth
I find this statement incredibly profound.  How we feel about each other is important.  What would that look like in a school?  Here are a few things Roland Barth says we should see:

• Educators talking with one another about practice.
• Educators sharing their craft knowledge.
• Educators observing one another while they are engaged in practice.
• Educators rooting for one another's success

The famous Babe Ruth said, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime."  From his perspective, teamwork is what matters.

What do we need to do to create a culture that emphasizes collegiality, collaboration and sharing?  How can we all shine?  I think that we should time to think about this.  Share with me what you think!


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