"As one teacher put it, teachers who collaborate are 'not just good teachers, they're good people.'" Thomas J. Sergiovanni
"Creeping fears of competition, exposure of shortcomings, and discomfiting criticism often discourage open exchange... http://tl.gd/814q13
"[Contrived collegiality] can be seen in initiatives such as peer coaching, mentor teaching, joint planning and spe... http://tl.gd/814t9k
This feels like the kind of situation I have been placed in the most in the past few years as a technology integration specialist. I only started to recognize the "contrived" nature of this recently. A couple months ago Lucy Grey posted a question on Twitter asking for examples of schools with mobile learning initiatives. I responded with a question that perhaps sounded more snappy and critical than I meant to questioning the reason to limit research to "initiatives." I also mentioned that I thought that by limiting a data set to data collected by work done as the result of an "initiative" might miss some of the most important data on a topic like mobile learning. I really didn't want to sound as snappy or overly critical as I fear I came across but when she asked that question this issue was on my mind and that tweet struck a nerve.
There is a big difference between the outcome of an initiative, special project, or grant and the natural outcome that stems from capacity and allowance. So much of what we attempt to do in education under the guise of "special project," "grant," or "initiative" could be done with simple policy changes. Is it better to haul in buckets of water or create irrigation systems for your crops? But, then I do understand that sometimes an initiative is necessary to put into motion what policy has been crafted to allow, no matter how "contrived" it is.
"much of what passes in schools as collegiality is really congeniality." Thomas J. Sergiovanni
"When goals are seen as objectives, there is a tilt toward bureaucratic and technical-rational authority. When goal... http://tl.gd/815epn
"As the management system becomes increasingly complex, the discretion of teachers is narrowed. Their behavior beco... http://tl.gd/815ive
Thomas J. Sergiovanni's book 'Moral Leadership' has been driving me crazy. Thank you @chrislehmann for recommending it. ...
@anderscj Isn't it just brilliant?
...I'm afraid my reflective blog posts on the book are going to jeopardize my employment futures.
@anderscj Why would they? BTW- thank you for them; I enjoy very much!
@TeacherTara08 reflection on Sergiovanni would entail drawing from my own exp as a teacher. Might alienate my references.
@chrislehmann the parts about professionalism vs subordination get under my skin. I've definitely exp those paradoxes.
@chrislehmann in many ways Sergiovanni demonstrates how administration is often simply a racket & in the way of good healthy lrning envrnmts
@anderscj Yep... his book pretty much informs how I try to run SLA.