There were several statements Margaret Heffernan said that really stood out to me. Three of them include:
- “I don’t have to know everything. I just have to work among people that are good at getting help.”
- “What matters is the mortar, not just the bricks.”
- “Teams that work together longer, get better.”
Number one stands out to me so much. There is always the scary “unknown” when presented with new responsibilities or new positions in our careers. My exact words to students and teachers alike are that I don’t know everything I need to know yet. However, I’ll never know everything and I work with an amazing group of people, that over the last two years, have become extremely collaborative. We have tackled big problems together that we may never have successfully solved alone.
A classmate of mind said, “I love the first point. I would tell me students that it isn’t nearly as important to memorize facts as it is to be able to seek out the help they need. In the world we live in today, the fact is that we must teach students how to work together and how to be more than consumers. This includes getting and giving help. “
The second and third quotes go together for me. We so often hear that teachers should not be in “silos,” but we watch them day after day work alone. Successful schools have a community of teachers and administration. They work together, share ideas (good or bad), and help each other. Collaborative team members even welcome criticism to their ideas because they know it will benefit the team. To be truly collaborative though, we have to get to know each other. So many times, we see just the same few people at after work gatherings or eating lunch together. There needs to be a better effort in schools by the team members to get people together, to get to know each other better. This change can start with me. I can do a better job of branching out and getting to know more people.
I could write a lot about this video as it caused me to reflect a lot on how I behave within my organization, but I think I’ll end right here for now.