Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Choosing Your Colleagues

Wanna play boss? If you could, who would you pick to be the teachers in your school? Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you could pick the teachers in your building yourself? Would it be pretty easy to decide who you would “let go”? What would you base your decision for keeping people on? People who are fun? People you get along with? Good teachers? Hard workers? People who don’t complain? Would you want your friends there? For those on their way out, would you like to be Donald Trump and utter those famous two words? Interesting thought, huh?

This may not be as easy as it sounds, but it might make going to work a little more fun. If you work in a district with many schools, picking someone for each grade might not be as difficult as it is for someone who works in a smaller district because of the pool of talent to choose from. Regardless, it might be a rather interesting task to hand pick your colleagues. For most us, though, this is impossible. There were people who were already in our school when we arrived and others who have arrived since, without our consent.

For lack of a better term, we are “stuck” with those in our buildings. For me, like you, that’s probably good in many cases, and not so good in others. I hope we all work in a place where we have friends, people we can talk to about school related issues as well as things happening outside of school. I hope you are in a place with people who push you, challenge you, and make you think. And, people who make you laugh. We all have people that drive us a little nuts – the teacher who seems to be doing the same thing she (or he) did twenty years ago. The teacher who keeps asking the same question over and over, even though you’ve given the answer more times than you can remember. The teacher who refuses to use email. The teacher who complains about everything and nothing at the same time. I bet you have someone pictured in your head right now who would be on the top of your list to get rid of.

Regardless of your situation, realize that these are the people we spend a lot of time with. Whether we like them or not, they are our colleagues and we have to deal with them the best we can – we can’t simply trade them in for a better model. Now, if we could only do something about choosing our students…..


Blogger NYC Educator said...

I work for the kids, and I have no interest at all in choosing my colleagues. I hate working with idiots, but honestly, I don't want idiots judging me either. Kids can screw up because they're kids. Adults who act like kids? No thanks.

That's why the supervisors get paid the big bucks, and they can have them. I'd rather deal with the kids. That's why I'm a teacher.

4/01/2009 5:25 PM  
Blogger Professor J said...

I was a supervisor for a short while, and I was bad at it. Happy to be away from that! But I do admire those of you who have the courage and the tenacity to work in K-12--that looks HARD to me.

4/01/2009 5:40 PM  
Blogger IMC Guy said...

We are all there for the kids, but having colleagues who we like to be around can make the job much more enjoyable. Thanks for the comments to my post. You can check my other posts out at

4/07/2009 9:39 PM  
Blogger Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The teacher who refuses to use e-mail. Yup, I know her well! She's right across the hall. Drives me nuts. But at least I have face-to-face contact with her almost every day because of her technophobia!

4/26/2009 5:11 PM  

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