This year I am teaching Algebra II and AP Statistics, and I have been given the opportunity to be a team leader for the Algebra II teachers. So far I have felt worthless…
The Pre-AP teachers are much more experienced than me and have been at the school longer. They have made it clear that they do not want to meet with the other teachers. The other on-level teachers are new to the school, but not new to teaching the subject. From what I can tell, they are doing a great job. So how do I lead them?
I am facing two large obstacles from being an effective leader. One is obvious and fixable. I need to be more proactive in my planning of lessons and preparedness for meetings. We meet as a team regularly, and I have the power to set that agenda. We should be talking about our common assessments and how our learners are doing. Instead we often are stalled by conversations about what resources we have for the next day. I can change that.
The second obstacle is vaguer and the inspiration for this lesson. I love telling stories to set up my lessons. They are my hook, but they also anchor my lessons and give me references for future lessons. I talk about my personal life. I talk about my theories about zombies. I complain about my childhood. How does that translate when I share my lessons with other teachers? More importantly, is storytelling an attribute we should be training our teachers in? We tell teachers to be more enthusiastic, even if it is not in their personality.
This post is my first contribution to http://exploremtbos.wordpress.com/. I know that what makes my classroom distinctly unique is my storytelling, and it torments me. I want to “give back” and “pay it forward” and so on in more ways than just showing people how to use their technology.