How do we define school culture?
I. Consider the quotes below from the pre-work readings. Reflect upon the questions as you consider the term, "school culture".
II. After watching the video at the end, construct your own definition of "School Culture". Include key elements that can be identified and described. You will add your definition to the comment stream below.
1) What are elements of culture that would make up “the way we do things”?
2) School culture involves a lot beneath the surface that you may not see at first glance...it has depth and history and many components. You may have heard the term "Cultural Iceberg". What are some characteristics of "external (surface) culture"? "Internal (deep) culture"?
3) learning is a key response to the dramatic, rapidly changing economic, technological and societal changes that affect our educational systems and goals.
John Dewey’s statement about how we are teaching students is more relevant today than ever. Our classrooms are in fact on the front line of a major shift today in the teaching and learning paradigm. The paradigm shift is being driven by a number of factors including the new skills students will need to compete in the global marketplace, the concerns of parents (and employers) about education systems, and the explosion of technology tools that have transformed many aspects of our daily life but have yet to fully infiltrate the traditional school model.
What are some examples of the changes in how we teach that reflect today and tomorrow but not yesterday?
4) "More than 70% of all major transformation efforts fail. Why? Because organizations do not take a consistent, holistic approach to changing themselves, nor do they engage their workforces effectively." Kotter International
How do cultural shifts occur? What is important in the approach? In the process?
5) What is meant by "Positive School Culture"?
6) How would you define school culture?