Our first PD of the year is talking about our strengths and weaknesses. It’s always interesting to start off a year this way. There are some tensions and worries from teachers about saying something they don’t want to in front of new colleagues. It really got me thinking about the importance of community building.
While talking to one of the teachers who has to lead one session we discussed how to support such a community. One of their goals is to make sure that teachers area working with each other in classes to achieve personal goals. If we prepare this meeting well, we can make sure that everyone on our team knows how we want to grow, that way when we enter into a classroom we can use that language and those ideas to guide our conversations.