Essential Question: Explain and give examples to argue why the following statement is true or false: “Get the right people on your team and get the wrong ones off.”
I think this statement is false. I know the right people on your team can make the difference but I don’t think that is the way to go. I don’t think people should choose who to be on their team. How would that make the person feel who wasn’t on the team. I believe that everyone can improve, so if there is someone on your team that needs improvement, then help them don’t kick them off.
Every individual has some sort of gift that they are good at. The knowledge, skills, and dispositions of teachers as individuals is important and make a difference in the classroom (Fullan, 2014). Together, that makes a great team. Some people might be stronger than others at some skills. But does that make them better? I think everyone should be treated equally and this statement “Get the right people on your team and get the wrong ones off”is not treating everyone equal. By using the strengths of a diverse team with different approaches and styles, you can differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of a larger group more frequently within the classroom (Marston, 2015).
Professional communities, whether strong or not, positively affect student learning (Fullan, 2014). I think a team should be taking professional development courses together. This will make them a stronger team. Or if one person has taken a professional course and learned something valued, they should share that with their team. This will build the team dynamics and strengthen the relationships between the individuals. This will also make your team stronger. “Strong teams within schools are essential to retaining and sustaining teachers”(Aguilar, 2012). I think this is so very important, especially in rural areas where the teacher doesn’t have much support. If they have a team and feel supported I think they will more likely stay where they are.
“To be successful beyond the short run, all organizations must incorporate moral purpose; understand complexity science; and respect, build, and draw on new human relationships with hitherto uninvolved constituencies inside and outside the organization”(Fullan, 2014). This statement says it. I think people should forge relationships, build on them, and respect others. You may not have a great team at first but I guarantee that, if you stick it out with your team and build on each others’ strengths and differences and learn from each other, then you eventually will become a great team.
Aguilar, E. (2012). Effective Teams: The Key to Transforming Schools? Retrieved November 7, 2015, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-teams-transform-schools-elena-aguilar
Fullan, M. (2014). Leading in a Culture of Change. Somerset, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com
Marston, N. (2015). 6 Steps to Successful Co-Teaching. Retrieved November 7, 2015, from http://www.nea.org/tools/6-steps-to-successful-co-teaching.html#5