I am finding that collaboration is contagious and that it increases over time (given the right people and environment). I haven't blogged lately, partly due to being really busy, but I felt compelled to share my experience in my current teaching block. I am teaching in Canada, in what is suppose to be a very difficult job market. Most people would normally think that because the market is tough, everyone is competing, and needs to rise above the others, and this leads to selfishness among practitioners in the hopes that they will be recognized before their peers. Not only is this bad practice and harmful toward the school community, but it's poor leadership.
I am so happy to be working with two other teacher-candidates from Brock University in my placement that are as willing to share information and ideas as I am. Everyday we talk about ways in which we can help each other out, whether it's being coached to use a new form of technology, borrowing a daybook or lesson plans, sharing test ideas, planning field trips, or assisting each other with intramurals... It makes teaching as a profession an even better experience. I find that as we collaborate and help each other out, we benefit as teacher-candidates, the students benefit in their experience, the teachers get to see and learn new techniques, and the community at large is a better place.