Linda hated the prospect of not teaching her unit about the Pilgrims in November. She’d been teaching it for 30 years – in November, of course. Our school improvement efforts took a back seat to her Pilgrim unit.
Come hell or high water, as far as I could tell, Roger was going to teach about outer space and not much else in science in November or any other time, for that matter. He loved outer space.
Linda and Roger left. They weren’t willing to play on the team.
The team was sad and glad that they left. They were nice people, but they didn’t show up for practice.
Teamwork is tough. It requires trust. You got to do more than show up for practice to gain trust. You must share and give. The more you share and the more you give, the better you serve your team and the more trust you gain.
Linda and Roger shared, but they didn’t give. They shared their views, but they refused to change their behavior. They pretended. In faculty meetings, when they attended, they sat silently. In their classrooms, they sabotaged their colleagues.
Cal shared and gave. He forged relationships with his colleagues. He crossed boundaries. He built trust.
Cal was a science and math teacher. He taught science and math right along side his colleagues who were teaching the humanities. A unit of study on peace and conflict comes to mind. That’s not hard to imagine for a humanities teacher.
Linda would have demanded to teach the next chapter in the science textbook or whatever she had been teaching for the past 30 years. That’s why Linda wasn’t with us anymore.
Coming back to Cal, I remember asking him how he could possibly teach science and math in a unit of study on peace and conflict. I learned a lot from his answer – stuff I should have known. I wish I would have had Cal as my science teacher. I would have learned about scientific discoveries that created conflict and peace in our world.
I would have loved to walk into his classroom every day excited to learn whatever he had to teach me. I would have done so, but I had to run the school.
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