February 26, 2009

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut somedays!

Our conference room

Well Thomas Many is done...and he was pretty good. He talked in length about how to successfully implement PLC's...lots of which I will inform everyone on later. But to respond to Palaniuk's comments, Many said that there are some aspects to PLC's that are non-negotiable: that teachers will work in teams, focus on curriculum and focus on good assessments. The rest is pretty much moldable. He stated that when teachers know why they are doing what they are doing, that's when they "get it". If teachers start out in groups that make sense to them, they are already one step ahead of the game. He also talked about the "blind squirrel" problem in which schools or groups change direction year to year (or even more frequently). It's like a blind squirrel looking for a nut...he runs from place to place never really having any true direction. Perhaps some of our experiences in PLC's have been like the blind squirrel's. Just a question to you as educators...are you part of any "blind squirrel" systems right now? And if so, how does one go about choosing a direction and sticking to it?

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