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.
He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches ~ George Bernard Shaw [Man and Superman, 1903] "A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education." ~ George Bernard Shaw I heard the words for as long as I recall. The meaning was intricately woven into my mind. I, as all little children since George Bernard Shaw scribed his belief, "He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches," was taught to believe that teachers could choose no other career. Educators, entrusted with children's lives were indeed, incapable beings. These individuals had tried and failed to perform well in professions that required intellect and, or dexterity. Because the incompetent were inept, they fled to schools and identified themselves as "Teachers." In classrooms, less than sage scholars could teach with little authentic expertise. Today, as a culture, Americans choose to prove this erroneous truth. Grading the Teachers: Value-Added Analysis. Happily, our fellow citizens dismiss the "scientific" evidence that amasses. In our stupor we embrace Value-Added Analysis, disregard the research revealed in a 2010 Department of Education report, Error Rates in Measuring Teacher and School Performance. "Consideration of error rates is especially important when evaluating whether