Collaborative School Culture - this is the meeting that will challenge the thinking of all who are in attendance. There is a sharing of ideas - what works and that does not work, and why. It feels like action research is happening all the time. Teachers are taking notes, reflecting on what others are sharing. The shared stories affirm a vision that identifies the scope of relevant values and beliefs. All are driven by an intrinsic desire to see all students succeed. The weak teachers are uncomfortable. The meeting feels like a good workout.
From a keynote by Martha Burtis, featured on the Hybrid Pedagogy website. Martha concludes: "I can guarantee that if you have a domain of your own stuff will break. It will break in some predictable, easy-to-fix ways and probably in some totally weird, tearing-your-hair out kind of ways. Your students will experience this too. And it will be frustrating and terrible. And it will not be standardized or easily consumed. It will not be easily defined or put in a box. It will be gloriously, awfully messy. And you may have to switch directions or gears, and I hope that when you do you talk to your students about what happened and why it happened — and that you work together to try and figure this out."