Annotated Bibliography: Work Together But Only If You Want To

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Annotated Bibliography: Work Together But Only if You Want To DuFour, R. (2011). Work Together But Only if You Want To. Phi Delta Kappan, 92(5), 57-61. Summary DuFour argues that the structures and culture of the educational environment does not require, support or expect that teachers collaborate. Teachers regularly work in isolation and rather be left alone than collaborate with their colleagues. Teachers often believe that they must forego autonomy in lieu of collaboration. However, DuFour maintains that in an organized and supportive collaborative environment, teachers can continue to have individuality in their classroom in order to meet the needs of their students. Research links high student achievement with educators who collaborate in professional learning communities. Studies show that the best school systems in the world utilize professional learning communities and high-quality, cooperative, focused professional development. It is our role as teacher leaders to do more to create educational environments that establish interdependence and collaboration that are the practiced routinely on our campuses in order to focus on what is necessary to produce…show more content…
I believe he makes a valuable point when stating that professional does not mean autonomous. History has proven that man can do wondrous things when working together instead of alone. It is important that each school is committed to creating a plan for educators to work together regularly in order to meet the needs of all learners in their classrooms. DuFour’s strongest assertion is that the collaboration between professionals must be required and its focus must be to ensure that students who are struggling receive additional time and support. He insists that this must not be left to chance. Educators must be committed to the cause of high levels of learning for all parties

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