Working with teachers who seem to oppose everything you do or suggest about English learners can be challenging. Instead of thinking of them as enemies, it might be better to consider how you can make some of their your allies. In the article, You Need Allies, I discussed the importance of this and offered a few ways it might be accomplished. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Have you tried to develop allies in the teaching of English learners?
How do you deal with teachers who are resistant to implementing EL accommodations?
Right on, Dr. Mooney! In fact, our monthly district administrators meeting this morning shared a similar message. We heard from an OKC police officer who is trained in cultural intelligence – Lieutenant Wayland Cubit. He asked us if we could truly understand other cultures if we keep ourselves in our “silos” while those of other racial backgrounds remain in their “silos”. By doing so, we are hearing only one perspective, one point of view; we can’t understand the other side of the story. I argue that this same theory applies to teachers in our buildings; how can we understand what the struggles of our “enemies” are if we keep to ourselves in our own safe silo? Start small; Rome wasn’t built overnight!