Being Taught to Teach

Collegiality man, it’s the best
March 11, 2013, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Reflecting, Student Teaching

One of the principals of education here at Mills is collegiality.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, it means that as educators we should work together not only to help educate our students, but to understand them.  We should collaborate not only at colleagues, but with families and the community.  The problem is there is not always time for this.  It is built into many of our assignments and I greatly appreciate this because in order to collaborate out in the teaching field it takes practice and having a certain mind-frame to continue working in this way.  This semester we are working on our second set of investigations in the preschool and I am very excited to be teamed up with someone who I have been working with and building a friendly relationship with for the last year and a half.  He and I finally found the time to talk about our project, yes it was in a parking lot on the way to something else, but we found the time.  The conversation with him was fantastic and a lot came out of it for both of our takes on the project we will be doing with our kids for the next few weeks.  I left the conversation feeling extremely encouraged by the collegiality that we had both carried out and excited to move forth with the work we could do together.  He and I think fairly differently and it will be good for both of us to gain the perspective of the other on our work with the children.  Hours later this is the text he sent me in excitement over the new direction I had given him for his final days of the investigation: Collaberation Man