Like many schools, periodic grade-level meetings are held at my place of employ in order to discuss struggling learners. While I appreciate the opportunity to receive updates on kids, whether or not I teach them, I don’t appreciate the tenor such meetings take at times.
For example, a colleague may say that he or she isn’t having a problem behaviorally or academically with the student in question. And, that is often where the conversation ends for that particular student. Rather than end the conversation at this juncture, let’s take it to the next level: If a teacher is having success with a particular student, he or she should be asked to SHARE what’s working. Keeping such information to oneself makes a teacher look and sound superior. Moreover, it shuts down a conversation which is about the students, and not about the teacher. Let’s encourage each other to NOT be that teacher by asking our colleagues what they are doing to contribute to the success of kids with whom other teachers on the team may be struggling.
Of course, some of the onus of the responsibility for conversations proceeding in the aforementioned manner rests with the senior administrator who is facilitating the meeting. He or she must encourage a culture of inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness. After all it’s Each One Teach 100.