Working With Colleagues

For some teachers of young children, myself included, our colleagues are the only adult contact we have all day.  Collegial relations are important and effect enormously the quality of our work life.

In different settings, with different people, I’ve had the best of times with my work-mates; and with others I’ve had the worst of times.

I’m working with a new colleague this year.  We are learning to work with each other and it’s not necessarily easy.  I think of the instructions I give to my young students as they learn to work cooperatively with their peers:

-When we work together we communicate 

-We ask questions  

-We share  

-We take turns

-We give feedback     

It’s the same when you’re four or 40.  

What other advice for working cooperatively with a colleague can you offer?  Please leave a comment.


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