First, some definitions:
congeniality - adults are friendly, cordial, yet very superficial, saying hello in the hallway, making friendly conversation in the lounge, etc.
collegiality - teachers collaborate, actively work together, taking each other into consideration, sharing their own expertise and seek each other’s advice and help, cheering each other for their success.
I truly think we all want that collegial working environment and partnership with our co-teachers. I don't think anyone really wants to work in a negative, fake space. Am I right?
But this reading brought about a lot more questions than a-ha's...
- Who's in charge of having those hard, yet needed, conversations?Only Administration or anyone that sees the need?
- How receptive are we to those hard conversations?
- How open are we to sharing with our neighbor?
- How open are we to advice from others? How prepared are we to listen to that advice as helpful and encouragement for our own personal growth rather than taking it as the contrary, and negatively?
And, more importantly, do we even see a correlation between our Student's success and this kind of workplace and relationships?