The issue that concerns me most, and that is my greatest motivation for writing my blogs, is teacher culture. In over two decades of teaching I saw that many teachers were more interested in being thought of as good teachers than in actually being good teachers. The most powerful teachers weren't in a learning mode. They were in a political mode, fighting for influence, trying to force other teachers to be like them, jumping on bandwagons to appear as if they were open to new ideas. And they refused to learn anything from anybody outside their cliques.
Help Wanted: Leader to Promote a Culture of Learning
By Kirsten Olson
July 1, 2009
If you were asked about the learning culture of your school, how would you respond to the following questions:
• Is it a place that welcomes innovation and contributions about teaching and learning from everyone in the building?
• Do people talk about teaching, and can you rely on in-house discussions with colleagues to explore...