Monday, August 23, 2010

Thoughts on Community

Barbara Streisand sings, "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world."  There is no doubt that relationships are critical for most of us.  How does that translate to your job as an educator?  Do you think you need others to help you do your job?  

You may be able to come in and execute your lesson without much difficulty, but what happens in those times when a lesson doesn't go quite right?  Or when you are wondering just how to reach that child that seems unreachable?  Or when you are downright frustrated by the latest mandate or instructional focus?  

When you can talk to a colleague and process what is happening in your classroom and around the school community, you're often stronger.  Consider this quote:  
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
As you step foot into the new school year, how will you build positive collaborative relationships around you?  Look for the opportunities.  To change Streisand's song just a bit might just sum it up:

"Teachers who need teachers are the luckiest people in the world!"   

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