I read a lot of “my’s” in the blogs I read.  As in:

I look forward to meeting my staff at our first day of school tomorrow.

I can’t wait to meet my kids this year.

My school is up for an award.

My classroom is almost ready for my kids to arrive.

Maybe I’m being picky here, but I do wonder how we build a culture of “us” in our schools if we claim personal ownership of everything.

4 Comments

  1. Pauline Landrigan

    I have to admit you struck home with this one, Tony. I remember our middle school librarian at our initial faculty meeting stating ” Your kids are welcome to come to my library any time…”
    Really got to me…I am a teacher …part of a team…working with students and parents. As far as I am concerned there is only WE in education!

  2. Hey Pal,

    I’m also wondering what damage we’ll do to “the culture of us” with our constant push towards personalizing everything in our schools. As a classroom teacher, I’m spending more and more time being forced/encouraged to create as customized a learning experience for every kid as possible. The emphasis is ALWAYS on what I’m doing for the individual — which is creating an increasingly isolated learning experience for the kids in my class.

    Do I think it’s great that every kid can study his/her own passions? Sure.

    Do I think it’s necessary to give kids individual opportunities to pursue their own interests? Sure.

    Do I think it’s important for kids with disabilities to have learning experiences customized to meet their own needs? Sure.

    But our constant push towards personalization makes it easy for people to get swallowed in their own selfish intellectual bubbles and for people to forget that the culture of us is literally essential for a society that functions successfully together.

    Any of this make sense?
    Bill

  3. Sally Gajewski (EDM310)

    Personal ownership is one of them things in my opinion that is like a double edge sword. On one side you want to take ownership for all the good things because i mean who isn’t proud of good accomplishments (you have to remember to claim the bad side of things as well). On the other side of the sword though you have the bad stuff from your school like lowest GPA or worst attendance in the district or something. No one ever wants to claim them things. My point is people only want to take credit for the good things and cover up or deny the bad stuff.

  4. I have to admit I have never thought of this as problem we could encounter. It is true that many are accustomed to thinking in terms of personal ownership, and I can see how this could serve as an obstacle in an environment of teamwork.

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