Shared Vision In The 21st Century School

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Changing the way one has taught for years can be frightening for teachers and school districts. Transforming a school and classroom from a twentieth century mindset to a twenty first century mindset can be daunting. However, by allowing the school to have a shared vision that includes the staff, teachers, and community this transition can become seamless. Only when a school and community are united will they be able to reach and meet their students needs. The first step in transitioning into a twenty first century school is to have a shared vision. When a school has a shared vision the community, teachers, administration, and students know what they are working towards. Chaltain (2010) discusses in his book: That process begins by developing…show more content…
Teachers need to work together and collaborate. When teachers have the ability to come to together to lesson plan, discuss student behaviors, and discuss student data their lessons become stronger and more engaging. Caine 's (2010) book on enriching professional communities discusses: Participants in a good learning community find that it helps to have colleagues with whom to talk things through, reflect, analyze, and discuss. In fact, when the right procedures are used, the community can end up being an oasis of safety in which high- level, in-depth learning takes place." (page 17) When colleagues have a chance to discuss they create high-level lessons for their students. They are not only able to discuss whether the teaching strategies they are using are working but if they are effective. In a time period in education that is run by standardize test it is important for teachers to dialogue about the results and their teaching strategies. Caine (2010) also discusses the…show more content…
My current district does not provide any time to collaborate with any other teachers, let alone teachers in my discipline. We have had one department meeting during the school year so far. I have found that my teaching has not been as strong, and I am not looking at student data as much as I was in my previous schools. Currently student mastery is not driving my instruction practices. When the whole department has a mindset of increasing student achievement by looking at frequent student data, our lessons and pedagogy is stronger. We understand where our students weaknesses are and if one teacher is using a better strategy than another. This is difficult to do in my current district where each mathematics teacher is the only one for that grade level. We have no one else to compare our data within our discipline. This I believe is the largest area for growth within our district. Yet, teachers and administration are not the only ones in a district influencing its success. Parents and community members also influence a schools
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