“Mr. Hand” is dead Meet Mr. PLC

Last Thursday I got the pleasure of listening to Janel Keating talk about “Professional Learning Communities”.  What struck me most sitting in this in-service with my fellow colleagues was that the idea of individualistic approach to education has disappeared.  Like all changes to some it is a hard pill to swallow.  The days of Mr. Hand from the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont high are gone.  Teaching is no longer done in isolation of individual classrooms.  We live in a society of communities either online or social clubs.  Teachers like Mr. Hand who lock their doors and let their students know that they are on their time are over.

As teachers we need to work together to best meet the needs of our students. There is a great scene in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High were Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, states: “Mr. Hand, I’ve been thinking since your here and I’m here doesn’t it make it our time?”  The community is always greater than the individual.  This idea is something that our country was founded on so why is it so hard for some teachers to see the true value in PLCs?

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