Thursday, January 20, 2011

Serving Actions of PLC Teams

Compassion is that sometimes-fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never be any joy or peace for me until there is joy and peace for you as well. Frederick Buechner

Collective, not individual, brainpower must become the rule and the pathway at your school and in your PLC grade level or course based learning teams. Sound decision-making, information sharing, and collective team autonomy and judgment, trumps individual isolation, being judgmental and selfishness every single time.

You and your teams can use the questions here as a diagnostic tool to measure the "Relational “Success” of your team at the half way point of the school year.

1) Does the team learn much from, and discuss often, its failures? Are failures viewed as an “opportunity to learn” by the team for improvement next time?

Never Sometimes Always

2) Does the team tolerate “being judgmental” from its members? Insults? Anger? Fear tactics, put-downs, rolling of the eyes, and use of the words “but” or “they?” As in, “But your idea will never work because they won’t let us …”

Never Sometimes Always

3)Does the team use an ongoing cycle of continuous improvement to reflect on results, share what worked and didn’t work, and understand that team learning is an ongoing process?

Never Sometimes Always

4) Does the team continuously disperse learning and share with others? Does the sharing of craft knowledge play a key role in every team meeting agenda?

Never Sometimes Always

5) Does the team expand beyond its current group knowledge to learn from and use outside trusted sources of information, including national organizations, other schools, and respected research and outside experts? Does the team ask every month, every year, “is there a better way to do this?”

Never Sometimes Always

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