"I do not want to read articles during 'slc time' I would rather be marking papers..."
I can't get that comment out of my head. I know I obsess on things but this is really getting to me. I thought about it every time I sat down at my computer this weekend. Our structurally designed Small Learning Community meeting times are our mandated professional periods in the building. They cannot be used for grading papers. In many schools teachers are required to make photocopies for organizational purposes and organize mailings for parents during professional periods (basically the jobs school aids are doing in our building currently).
"... as teachers will be offered a specified menu of activities
from which they will perform various instructional, professional development,
and/or administrative duties." (excerpt from recent contract)
Let us not forget we are being asked to have professional conversations with peers and at times around an article directly related to either school reform, educational leadership, or progressive education. We are meeting as professionals. These conversations, these articles are at the heart of school reform. We made an adult decision to work in this school knowing it was different. With time being the utmost commodity in each of our days; setting aside time for professional growth through collegial conversation; is the least we could do for each other. We should not short change our professionalism. The value of those "articles" and the conversation that occurs from them is a simple way to reflect on our practice.
We need to read,
we need to find outside articles that are inspiring,
we need to share our ideas without fear,
we need to have conversations around the philosophy of schooling.
"Preaching to the choir"?... MAYBE however, even in our ever growing small learning community, we are not all signing the same tune.