It all goes back to relationships!
Relationships are the essential element in our schools. The old adage, “Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” is true especially in today’s society when kids are used to so much choice in their world. Also, in today’s busy world, it’s important for teachers and school staff to make positive connections with students. We must be intentional and taking time with these relationships must be purposeful.
Members of the Compelled Tribe have teamed up to share practical ways for educators to build relationships with students. As connected educators we also embrace the notion that it is the power of the team that drives much of what we do. How do you build relationships with those that you serve? See the list below for ideas to add to what you may be already doing in the buildings and districts in which you work.
The list will grow as our experiences and our connections grow. Feel free to reach out to any of the tribe members listed below to learn more about the power of our team and how our tribe constantly supports each other in our teaching, leading and learning.
Compelled Tribe Contributors:
Jennifer Hogan, The Compelled Educator @Jennifer_Hogan
Jonathon Wennstrom, Spark of Learning @jon_wennstrom
Craig Vroom, Fueling Education, @Vroom6
Allyson Apsey, Serendipity in Education, @allysonapsey
Sandy King Inspiring The Light @sandeeteach
Gary Kidd Reflections and Rants from the Asst Principal, @hinotewailer
Jacie Maslyk http://jaciemaslyk.blogspot.com/ @DrJacieMaslyk
Jodie Pierpoint Journey In Learning @jodiepierpoint
Jim Cordery Mr. Cordery’s Blog @jcordery
Allie Bond The Positive Teacher @Abond013
Angie Murphy ConnectED to Learning @RoyalMurph_RRMS
Karen Wood https://karenwoodedu.wordpress.com/ @karenwoodedu
Lindsey Bohler lindseybohler.com @Lindsey_Bohler
Starr Sackstein http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/ @MsSackstein
Debbie Campbell The Curious Educator @DebraLCamp
Michael McDonough M Squared at the Microphone @m_squaredBHS
Barbara Kurtz bkurtzteachermentor.blogspot.com @BJKURTZ
Stephanie Jacobs www.thisblogiswhy.blogspot.com @MsClassNSession
Michael Todd Clinton Motivated teacher blog @MotivatedThe
Cathy Jacobs https://cathyjacobs.org/ @cathyjacobs5
Reed Gillespie Mr. Gillespie’s Office @rggillespie
Molly Babcock Sweet Tea and a Live Oak Tree @MollyBabcock
Lisa Meade Reflections @LisaMeade23
This is a tough topic, my #CompelledTribe friends. And right off hand, I am inclined to say that I am not a competitive person. Really, I'm not. But I do like to push myself to be better and do better. For some reason this reminds me of good vs evil, and I'm sure that is not the case. It's deeper than that. More complicated than that. This Blog is Why my level of understanding is changing with each word I type!
I am truly conflicted by this topic. For so long, I have looked at competition as the evil and collaboration as the good. This reminds me of a topic that I discuss with my college students on "Obedience to Authority". In that unit, we read an article and discuss the meaning/feeling behind the words obedience and disobedience. As students share, we find that we automatically equate obedience with being good and disobedience with being bad. The same results, the same discussion, year after year. The article then presents us with the example of Hitler's followers who were obedient to his orders with catastrophic consequences. The other example that we discuss is civil disobedience, where people stand up against unjust laws and risk jail time (or their lives) for change. Positive change. Good change. And just like that, we realize that this topic is not an either/or proposition. It depends on circumstances. It depends on the situation. Sometimes, it depends on who is involved.
That's where I am with collaboration vs competition. Both are necessary. In my journey, I have also noticed a difference as teacher vs that of administrator. As a teacher, you will hear more talk about collaboration. That is what is expected. You are expected to collaborate with your team. Discuss ideas, share the load, and work together. Even in the job search to become a teacher, it doesn't seem as competitive (although I am sure there is some level of competition there). On the other hand, I have been 'on the market' trying to secure an administrative position and it seems super competitive. It honestly feels like a game of chess. And I don't play chess. I have no idea how. I find myself scoping out the competition trying to decide what they have that I don't. What do I need to change? Even when I feel that I am being the best me that I can be and putting my best foot forward, that 'edge' makes you start to second guess all of your good work. While it seems like a struggle at times, I am thankful for the new opportunities that have come my way. Again, I land in a place where I feel as though my only competition is me and doors continue to open for me to work with new people. At the end of the day, collaboration can be used to move you forward and so can a little healthy competition. In my mind, there's room for everyone, especially in education. I love the saying, "The plan is, we ALL make it." When we win, share, and learn from each other...kids win.