I now have more support than before, which includes a special education teacher that will co-teach with myself and another teacher in our unit. We recently attended a training about various co-teaches strategies and models, which we were all really excited about. We learned a lot and were optimistic about creating a team environment, but came back and fell back into our old habits of me leading and her supporting in the background.
This unit focuses on controlling what you can control, and not making excuses.
I want to control my ability to practice interdependence more, and share control with my special education co-teacher.
I will be proactive by looking over my lessons/units planned and start intentionally planning opportunities to practice co-teaching strategies with my special ed teacher, which involve a lot of sharing of control.
This is something I can control and influence by planning time for collaboration. We work well together but both tend to get side tracked, so I will focus on what I can do to find opportunities to collaborate.
Behavior Change: Collaborating and sharing control
One thing that really resonated with me this week was the graph that showed the process of leadership maturity.
It was expected that "Dependent" would be at the bottom, but it was interesting to see "Independent" only in the middle, then topped by "Interdependence" and the attitude that you could do everything yourself, but you see the benefits in working with others and sharing the process.
Lately I've been a bit controlling of my teaching environment. I used to have plenty of volunteers and support staff and it was easy to delegate and collaborate, but since switching to an institution, where little extra support was available, I had to be very independent. It makes sense that interdependence is more ideal, and it creates an environment of trust in those in your sphere of influence. When people know you trust them to perform a task, they respect you more than when you act like they aren't needed.
Teaching the Habits
I liked the idea of teaching the 7 Habits to my students but really wanted to learn them through first before I teach them to teenagers. I though about teaching them to my co-teacher, and realized it is right in line with the work I want to do with her anyways.
I plan to approach it as the two of us collaborating on a unit for our class about the 7 Habits. Maybe as a sort of "4 person process"? As I learn the 7 habits, I will share them and teach them to my co-teacher. In turn, we will design a unit or lesson to teach each habit to the students in a co-teaching type of model, which we will try out when we have learned all seven.