Relationships with colleagues can be a major factor in how much we enjoy and learn from a teaching position. They can also be a source or stress and confusion and more. If we want to avoid workplaces like this, communicating with our colleagues in ways that foster cordial relationships, collaboration and improvement in teaching is important. In this Slowburn, we would like to tackle some of the things we should think about while picking our way gingerly through staff room relationships. Here is a list of questions that we will base the chat on, but please feel free to bring your own questions and experiences too.
- foster a more collaborative relationship with colleagues when that seems like a worthwhile thing to do, but in a workplace that seems to discourage collaboration;
- access the wisdom of experienced coworkers when that wisdom might not be shared spontaneously, or might not be sharable within ‘official wisdom sharing’;
- negotiate different teaching philosophies among colleagues;
- approach new colleagues;
- offer help to colleagues who are struggling;
- model interactions to students;
- respond to colleagues who may not have your best interests at heart;
- avoid coming off as a cult recruiter when you mention KELTchat/KOTESOL/professional development;
- deal with getting feedback you disagree with or think is just unhelpful from senior colleagues;
- handle receiving criticism from a coworker in front of students;
- communicate your teaching philosophy to senior coworkers?
We will try to tackle all of this, and more, between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm Korea time on Tuesday, 20th May 2014. If you would like to take part but don’t know how, see the guides at the top of the page, or ask someone who looks like they know what’s up via Twitter or our Facebook group.