It’s the start of the school year and we are organizing planning times. Collaborative planning is one of the things I like best about the PYP. A team of teachers gathers to plan the big ideas and key learning experiences for a coming unit of inquiry. There are usually at least six participants; the grade level teachers, ICT facilitator and librarian. Where possible, there might be other specialist teachers present too and if not, they will be consulted.
Facilitating these sessions is both rewarding and challenging, sometimes exhausting, sometimes exhilarating. It depends on how much the big ideas excite us, how much pre-thinking has been done and the level of collaboration and creativity on the day.
And it depends on the members of the team….
Disclaimer: The characters in this post are fictitious and bear no resemblance to real teachers. Unless maybe they work at your school?
Suggests new and exciting ways to do things.
Carefully considers all angles to find the best approach.
3. Risk Taker
Willing to give anything a go. Not intimidated by the possibility of failure.
Comes unprepared. Waits passively for others to do the thinking.
Actively blocks others’ ideas. Talks about why they wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t work.
Asks valuable, thought provoking questions that ensure a productive outcome.
Interrupts. Talks about irrelevant matters. Might even sing in the background.
Likes the way it was taught in the past. Talks about old ideas and old ways.
Shares great resources to support the learning. Knows where to find treasure.
Talks knowledgeably in a loud voice and rolls eyes disapprovingly when others express different opinions.
Do you know any of them?