Music in the PLC World
Date: November 11, 2013
Anyone in a district that has embraced the PLC (Professional Learning Communiies) model? If so, how is your's structured? My research shows PLCs are usually subject matter-centerd, yet in our school, everyone (including the arts, P.E. etc) is delegated into either a "numeracy"-centered group or a "literacy"-centered group (I am in the numeracy group at this time). The idea is to allow dialogue between subject areas to better engage our students. I work very hard to connect what I do to units that the core subjects are teaching, but these meetings have become useless for those of us who don't teach Math or Language Arts, only because most of the time, during these group sessions, those teacher are interpreting data from the latest benchmark tests (we take them every three weeks to track students progress) and when we (the exploratory teachers as we are called) ask, "What can I do to help?" we are told "nothing". Recently, I was spoken down to by an assistant principal (I was told I had a negative attitude and they didn't care how the other schools did it) during a meeting when I voiced my frustration with our structure (other schools group the arts, PE and Health, etc as separate groups who then meet with the numeracy and literacy groups from time to time to "connect the dots" in the cirriculum).
Can anyone give me any feedback regarding their experience with this newest "invention of the education wheel"?
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