Our Beliefs Shape Our Teaching

ImageThere are many reasons why conflict can exist within a school or a team of educators. In December, I attended a fantastic workshop at the annual Learning Forward conference on breaking through conflict. It was led by Robert Garmston (co-author of Unlocking Group Potential to Improve Schools) and Jennifer Abrams (author of Having Hard Conversations). In this workshop, the presenters offered one way of identifying where conflict originates — in the belief systems that we each hold about the role and purpose of education. What’s most problematic, said Garmston and Abrams, is when we are working from different belief systems but haven’t articulated them as such, and therefore don’t understand why others do what they do. These undercurrents of conflict can exist amongst a staff, between an administration and a teaching staff, and between many groups within our world of schools.



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