I would say a good portion of all teachers are Type A personalities or have some Type A quirks. By the way, I am Type A in several ways. I like to be in control, be organized, and always have a plan. Unfortunately, my love language is also words of affirmation.
Well lets think about all the things that can happen when a room full of Type A math teachers get together. Strong opinions are thrown around the room. I will say a lot of great ideas are also thrown around the room. But I am sure like many of my coworkers and myself included, math teachers have always been top students in their math class. This can create some friction and competition within a school and district. I will be the first to tell you I am very competitive (especially with my fitbit).
This year has been filled with many opportunities to collaborate with teachers from around my district that are not at my school. Sometimes I feel though as they see collaboration as a way that hinders them from having the best class. I believe collaboration helps every teacher improve and we should always be open to listening to others' ideas. I want my students to succeed but I also want all my coworkers' students to succeed as well. This is when being competitive can cause friction.
PLC (professional learning community) teams are created to collaborate the best ideas but that does not mean we will all teach the same way but we have ideas to pull from. The key to a good PLC is open collaboration between all members. Each team member must bring something to the table.
These are just my reflections from 4 years of teaching with a variety of different team members.
Share your thoughts and struggles on competition among teachers
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