The most recent and perhaps most powerful learning community experience has to be the movement to my new school. Change is always hard but who should know that better than a teacher of 18 years. I was starting all over again. My new school was a totally new experience with new staff and students. I have never worked in a school that exhibited true professional collaboration. We had team meetings regularly and were constantly asked to get involved in decision making. Teacher leadership was promoted and staff members were encouraged to use their creativity in all situations. We were given the autonomy to choose our own lessons and collaborate with one another across grade levels. We have true PLC’s in action. I am glad that I made the move to an environment in which I am celebrated and not tolerated. Walking into my classroom everyday and being greeted with an excited “Good Morning” and “What are we doing today?” reminds me of why I teach and the importance of my job.

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