As I reflect on the past year, I begin to set goals for the year ahead. I separate my goals into two categories; short term and long term goals. One area where I feel I need to make changes in is my collaboration. There is absolutely no excuse NOT to collaborate. All the tools are readily available for my use. So why is it a weakness?
Several reasons affect my personal ability to collaborate…none of them good. First, and perhaps the most difficult to resolve is my ego. I love to create “fun” lessons for my students. These lessons, in my opinion, are the most incredible lessons…that is until I try and conduct them. You see in my eyes; these lessons are amazing. However, if I would have taken the time to run them past a colleague, I would have seen the holes that existed. My teammates and PLN often have their own amazing ideas and are very willing to share.
There are times, as they say, I cannot see the forest for the trees. Becoming a better teammate will be my number one focus over the summer. Research tells me, that if I am to become a better teacher, I m
ust learn to collaborate better. In a study of more than 1,200 kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in New York City Leana and her co-workers found the following.
I have already begun the process. I am working hard on keeping up with m blog. I am also participating in more twitter chats and increasing the number of awesome teachers I follow. I also intend on becoming a better teammate, regularly meeting with my colleagues to better improve my skills. There is no time like the present…