Sometimes the makeup of these groups is self-selected and at other times it is not.
Disclaimer #1: I always learn something when I work with other teachers.
Disclaimer #2: I don't always need to work with other teachers.
I have the right to time and space to reflect on what is happening in the classroom.
I have the right to make (informed) decisions about teaching and learning because, next to my students' parents, I am the only one that knows them well enough to be able to do that. And, the information I use to do this comes primarily from observations, conversations, and the work that children produce on a day-to-day basis.
I have the right to have a say in my profesional learning.
But, the times they are a'changing.
It is no secret that teachers are no longer trusted to do our work.
Instead, someone decided that a carrot here and there, but mostly sticks, will coerce us into doing our jobs. (What do they think we…