Every month the CFS faculty organize a happy hour to spend time together outside of work. This month, we had a Pottery Painting Party at the ZACC. So much fun!
CFS Teacher Community Agreement - Developed by faculty members at our August training and practiced every day.
Have fun. Celebrate!
We're friends, too
Take care of yourself
Share, fail, support - CFS is a safe place
Respect - each other, time, ideas
Be a team
CFS classroom teachers meet every Tuesday for a weekly staff meeting. This time together is precious for brainstorming, collaboration, support, and fun. The following are some recurring agenda items that enable us to engage as professionals and draw from our most valuable resource - each other.
- Critical Friends Group - A teacher presents a problem or dilemma that they are currently pondering to the faculty. We then take turns asking clarifying questions to ensure a deep understanding of the situation. We also ask probing questions to help the presenter identify the tensions, paradoxes, and assumptions in the dilemma. Finally, when it is clear that we have established a shared understanding about what is going on, suggestions are made about what to try next.
- Chalice of Compliments - The Chalice of Compliments is place where teachers can write notes to their coworkers, acknowledging an inspiring effort, skill, attitude or interaction. If you see something, say something!
This Tuesday was our monthly all-staff meeting when our After School program teachers join us for an hour. This week, we learned The Penguin Song - a fantastic song to encourage kids to move when we are outside and distract them from the cold. Makes for a blurry picture, but the smiles still shine through.