Larissa shared a great example of a school through an edutopia video. These teachers are paired with another teacher and they collaborate daily. I wish I had an easier method to communicate with others who teach the same content as I do. At my school I am the only science teacher other than elementary teachers. The content I teach is different from what anyone else teaches. Right now we are only able to collaborate on strategies we use in class. We are a CHAMPs school and so right now we are working on our ratio of positive to negative interactions. This has been great to have because we are all working on something together and can share our experiences. It is relatable to all. Larissa picked up on the same quote I did: "If people begin sharing ideas about issues they see as really important, the sharing itself creates a learning culture." However I don't think it is true all of the time. If you are both on the same side and there is no disagreement then I think this works. But there are situations where you can be too passionate and stubborn to see someone else's perspective. I think this is where communication really has to be open and we have to be willing to listen to what the other person is saying.
Tristan talked about how she gives feedback to teachers when she uses their lesson ideas. This made me think about a program that I am in called PREPARES. It wasn't something I had considered until she mentioned this feedback and I looked back on this experience I have had for the past 3 years. This is a place-based, culturally relevant science curriculum that has been created with teacher and elder input. We are finally on the last year of piloting the curriculum. The 1st year we had a forum online to discuss what went well and what did not go as planned. This was awesome feedback to read if you taught the lesson after others had already taught it. It was very valuable regardless of if you were able to get the feedback before teaching or after. All of the teachers in the program are at different village sites and this was a great way to communicate. We get together once a year (more if we are lucky to see each other on other trips) and we talk about how our teaching of these lessons is going. This is the best communication I have had in my 5 years of teaching at a village site. I wonder if village sites could use this idea to foster more communication amongst teachers?