As a guy who is downright passionate about the power of PLCs, I think it’s important for people to understand that professional criticism is a part of collaborative practice. Remember: The goal of a PLC is to advance student learning by working together to identify the teaching strategies that best move students forward. Giving and receiving feedback is an essential part of that process.
But it’s ALSO important to remember that there’s a difference between being a CRITIC and being a CRITICAL FRIEND:
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Long story short: A critic cares about themselves and a critical friend cares about others. Which role are YOU filling in the lives of the people on your professional learning teams?
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