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Stop Questioning?"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." Albert Einstein
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“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child's spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.”
CollaborationCollaboration is a gift. We collaborate with others throughout our lives and when we create a really special bond, are always surprised at the richness the encounter can bring. Take advantage of the richness collaboration can bring to your table. Working with others makes any process less stressful. Sharing concerns as well as successes lightens your load!
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Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
Mean instructional salaries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics updated March 27,2012…
Secondary School - $56,790
Higher Education - $51,630
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Are you familiar with polychronic and monochronic organizational styles or high context/low context communication? These styles are culturally based and learning about them may serve to help us better relate to those we live and work with. The following is a link to one of the most concise articles I’ve found on this…
As for the polychronic organizer the book “A Perfect Mess” may shed some light on why many people (actually 2/3’s of us) organize the way we do. If you take time to look into this, I encourage you reflect on those students and colleagues who may drive you crazy with their seeming lack of order which is anything but.
On how culture affects communication…
Comparative Time Orientation Chart…
|Monochronic (Linear) Time Orientation||Polychronic (Circular)Time Orientation|
|Views time as an entity to be saved, spent, or lost||Views time as fluid, flexible|
|Completes one task before starting another||Works on multiple tasks before finishing any one|
|Focuses on the task to be completed within a certain time frame||Focuses on and nurtures the relationships represented by the tasks|
|Separates work from family and social life||Views work, family and social life as one|
|Seeks to maintain rigid appointment schedule||Reacts as the day’s events evolve|
Low/High Context Chart…
|Low Context Culture||High Context Culture|
|Believes in explicit (literal) communication||Utilizes figurative and approximate language|
|Follows the letter of the law||Believes laws can be shaped by circumstances|
|Keeps job tasks separate from relationships||Sees task as a function of the relationship|
|Uses direct style in writing and speaking||Prefers indirect style in writing and speaking|
|Values individual initiative and decision making||Expects decision making within the relationship|
|Relies on verbal communication||Relies on nonverbal communication|
|Becomes uncomfortable with silence||Respects and utilizes silence|
|Presents facts, statistics and other details||Subordinates use of detailed information|
Mechanistic/Humanistic View of Employee Chart…
|Mechanistic Employee||Humanistic Employee|
|Works for employer in exchange for wage sand benefits||Thinks of self as group member with personal ties|
|Changes jobs if better opportunity arises||Remains on the job out of loyalty to “family”|
|Can be dismissed if not performing job satisfactorily||Keeps job even if performance is unsatisfactory|
|Views self as a commodity||Views self as part of a “family|
CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace, Sherron B. Kenton and Deborah Valentine, Prentice-Hall, 1997.
As educators, we are much like the cogs of a wheel creating forward motion. Diverse organizational styles and communication are needed to meet the diverse needs of our students. Having like organizational styles and communication is akin to all cogs spinning in the same direction going nowhere.
The dichotomy of the educational system is it touts monochronic values while imposing copious polychronic tasks. This in itself can cause confusion which produces stress, which in turn detracts from effective teaching and learning much like the wearing down of each cog that is not benefiting from the thrust of its opposite. Having a better understanding of the above styles can help us all in our interactions with each other.
We all have so much to share…