In this quotation Linda Darling-Hammond and her colleagues describe how teachers need to learn how to collaborate. While studies show that collaboration between colleagues leads to “growth of personal teaching practices and student achievement,” many teachers still choose to keep to themselves instead of collaborating with their colleagues. I find this to be a sad fact. Like Rob said in class, there are many teachers who simply do not want people to “steal” their lesson plans and choose to isolate themselves from learning and growing along with other teachers. As teachers, I feel that we have the responsibility to helping our students learn and grow to the best of our abilities. In order to help all students, collaboration is a must! If we have great material that we know works, why not share it! It will help other students! I bet that the teachers you collaborate with will have awesome stuff to share with you as well!
I have always stuck to that famous saying: “two heads are better than one” when it comes to teaching! My hope is that more teachers will be open to this philosophy in order to help their students. My question is: How can we persuade teachers who refuse to collaborate?