It's no secret that working with others inspires new ideas and promotes change. But what happens when collaboration inspires anxiety and promotes angst amongst colleagues? In my new role as EAL Coordinator, I've experienced both ends of the spectrum this year. By setting clear agendas, inviting discussions, inviting feedback, and showing flexibility, I was hoping for ideas to follow and progress to made. I quickly learned that, no matter how prepared you may be, conflicts will arise when colleagues don't see eye-to-eye.
There have been more successes than failures this year: one colleague and I have submitted a proposal to present at an ELL Conference at the end of April. The two classes that I co-teach are dynamic - through weekly collaboration and open-mindedness, my colleagues and I have developed innovative projects that have allowed students to progress more than we anticipated. Work is being divided up and colleagues are learning from one another. But, it's the failures that weigh more heavily on my mind.
What do you do when you're challenged at every meeting? When teachers refuse guidance and suggestions and forcefully push back? How can you advocate for more time to collaborate in small groups when schedules don't align?
I hope that this course will help me on my journey to become a better collaborator and a better leader. Join me on my journey.