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Professional learning communities transforming groups into teams

  1. 1. Professional Learning Communities<br />Transform your group into a team! by Joan Richardson<br /> Reviewed by J. Polakovsky<br />
  2. 2. The Big Question<br />How do you move from being a group of people with a common characteristic — such as teaching the same subject or grade level — to being a team or a community with a common vision and focus?<br />“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” – John Donne<br />Professional learning community is the new name for team.<br />
  3. 3. Not all Groups are Teams<br />
  4. 4. PLC is a Team with an Intentional Focus on Learning<br />Devote time for group  team development<br />Spend time on the basics<br />Four stages of group development<br />Forming<br />Norming<br />Storming<br />Performing<br />
  5. 5. Updating the Team Development Wheel<br />Community Development- the making of a team<br />Pseudo-community<br />Chaos<br />Emptiness<br />Community<br />
  6. 6. The Principal’s Role<br />Spend time on basics<br />Understand the team development process<br />Give time to conversations about “how to do the work”<br />Avoid plunging in<br />Time must be given to trust and relationship building<br />Realize that every group feels special<br />Groups need predictable stages<br />Groups need to know that conflict is natural.<br />
  7. 7. Developing Norms<br />Teams need to create norms by which all will abide.<br />An activity enables groups to develop these ground rules.<br />Often making task an anonymous one ensures ideas are expressed freely.<br />Supplies can range from same type of pens, index cards, poster paper, display board, tape and tacks. <br />Task should take a total of two hours.<br />Post Norms in the teaming room<br />
  8. 8. An Example<br />We will work together as a community that values consensus rather than majority rule.<br />We will be fully present at the meeting by becoming familiar with materials before we arrive and by being attentive to behaviors which affect physical and mental engagement.<br />We will invite and welcome the contributions of every member and listen to each other.<br />We will be involved to our individual level of comfort. Each of us is responsible for airing disagreements during the meeting rather than carrying those disagreements outside the meeting.<br />
  9. 9. Which stage is your team in? Use a questionnaire.<br />Questionnaires contain statements about teamwork at the various levels.<br />Rank each question from “Almost Never” to “Almost Always”<br />The following link will lead you to 32 good questions and to what stage each belongs for scoring purposes.:<br />At What Stage is Your Team? Questionnaire<br />
  10. 10. R.E.A.C.H.<br />Risk-Takers building a PLC take an adjustment of thought, procedures and time. Major changes will have to occur. <br />Effectiveness develops after the team is created and plans can be enacted. <br />Autonomy is not being that island unto oneself but rather displaying independent thought responsibly. This initiative adds to the strength of the group.<br />Collegiality is a promotion of community.<br />Honor is displayed by treating others with respect and dignity<br />
  11. 11. Food for Thought<br />No one of us can be effective as all of us. Unknown<br />
  12. 12. Build with your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another, and of strength derived from unity in the pursuit of your objective.<br />–Vince Lombardi<br />
  13. 13. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and working together is success.<br />Henry Ford<br />
  14. 14. Resources<br />Richardson, Joan. Transform Your Group into a TEAM, Tools for Schools, Vol. 9, No. 2,November/December 2005.<br />Merideth, Eunice. Leadership Strategies for Teachers, 2nd ed. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA. 2007.<br />Heart Sutra<br />
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