What's Your Place at the Education Table?

When I was a young child growing up in a big family, everyone had their place at the table.  Knowing your place eased the transition from play, television, or homework when mom called, "Dinner's ready," soon after my dad returned from a day of work.  We'd scurry from all directions to find our seat then commence the evening meal ritual.

Knowing your place eases transitions, supports focus and strengthens an organization's success.  Yet, the onset of technology into every aspect of work and life has disrupted the general sense of "place" calling for review and revision.  We now need to reconsider the teacher's "place" and role by establishing role definitions, communication systems and a revision process that responds to the quick evolution of ideas, tools and needs.

I desire a renewed and better defined role definition with regard to communication systems, expectations and a revision process.  I want my work to be inline with the work of my colleagues and system as I know that creates strength, yet I also believe that I need a place for my voice too as I'm working in the front line of education and I'm reminded daily of ways we can better teach and serve the children in our community.

Without a focus on role, our efforts become diluted.  If my family so long ago spent the first 20 minutes of our evening meal squabbling about who sat in which seat, we never would have had time for the rich debate, discussion, laughter and talk that challenged, entertained and educated us as we shared my mom's wonderful cooking and care.
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