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  1. Dr. Craig M. Meredith

    Hello,
    I’m new to this forum and have enjoyed reading some archived posts. With respect to the post of 4/14/2019, “Invest in the People that Invest in Students,” I interpret the suggested edit to the closing statement in the Nicole article, as suggesting a broader view to the relationship imperative in effective learning environments. “Learners” is a subtle reminder that the adult’s in the room don’t learn from students. Implicit in this idea is that appropriate professional relationships need developed for all key stakeholders close to the students.

    It does also seem that the “big idea” in the Nicole article is that the current trend is that adults (primarily policy makers) not in a position to know students well are taking the lead on establishing priorities. This does not mean that all of the adults closest to the students make it a priority to develop the types of relationships needed for the best learning environments. Awareness of the challenge and the importance of the social and emotional dynamic in any learning environment requires a learner focused approach.

  2. Grant nelson

    All means ALL…Learners collaboration “gears” with norms are a great balance to continually refresh time, situation, attitude and to move to find purpose.
    Recognize the collective commitments that management needs to facilitate and co-create, rather than deliver like a taxi service. Insist to not escape revealing and recognizing shared guidance under the guise of being “ political” and therefore dooming the collaborative concept for fear of an unknown or appearing to be working along side “the enemy.”
    The breakdowns of PLC are usually fostered thru mgmt. losing sight of the important because of the urgent. Philosophical systems are only brilliant in conversations. Action, mistakes, learn, and more collaboration-and Kanold cake Adlai Stevens style over years, not moments. Build leadership not bosses. Our Teachers Association ponied up 45k for PDev. For our district to help us learn and we couldn’t even get a photo celebrating the commemorative moment, nor a public appreciation ( meaning where our entire partnership could see) of the classroom/members claiming collaboration.
    collective commitment behind the veil. Outsmart themselves with Innovation Strangulation. We will leave the light on… no need to knock, just come in out of the circular firing squad, and collaborate bravely!

  3. I agree with your subtle changes, and while ultimately what we do is meant to best benefit the students in our care, there are times where it is impossible to avoid the fact that there will always be some things we need to do to help those who guide our students. If not, then we risk burning them out and rendering them ineffective. This is not to indicate that our needs come first, but instead that everyone has needs to be met in order to live and work at optimum efficiency. That is why I appreciate the shift to “learners” rather than “students”. For any of us to learn and grow certain things must be in place.

    Now that being said, there are far too many systems and processes that are in place for the convenience of adults instead of for the benefit of students — to which I fully agree with the original premise. But a rush to change in this way could also have some unintended consequences for classroom guidance and leadership, so a bit of balance might be necessary.

  4. I totally agree with your post and edit to the original article. We have to support teachers and make sure that they have what they need. But one of the needs that we have to focus on is time. How do we give the gift of time? How do we help teacher with all the things that need to be done?
    #teachersintouch #soteacherscanteach #allin4teachers

    • Dr. Craig M. Meredith

      I think you make a great point. It is unfortunate that in systems of education in many developed countries, there seems to be a belief that ensuring that teachers have a full schedule is the mark of efficiency. If teachers are given the time to collaborate, plan, and reflect both effectiveness and efficiency might be maximized. If anyone has a link to some good research on this idea, please share.

  5. Catherine Quanstrom

    Our teachers are caring professionals who are increasingly stymied when it comes to meeting the learning needs of their students in today’s Diverse, inclusive classrooms. These classes often contain a critical mass of students with complex learning profiles. Just once I’d like to hear of an administrator who told a teacher: “Tell me what you need to ensure that every student is your class can learn; it’s my job to find the resources — money, personnel, testing, materials — and to then provide them so that you, their teacher, can teach.”

  6. Education has always focused on the needs of the adults. That’s why we still have the factory model in most schools. Keep up the good work George. I post your work often. Dr. Doug Green

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