The primary purpose of our AVID clubs, led by students, is to demonstrate that these students are able to work efficiently to produce a student-centered collective that is stronger than any group we teachers could organize ourselves. With synergy in mind, we understand that each student has a set of strengths that can edify our collective so that students belong to learn and grow in harmony. No one person is stronger than the other, yet the officers simply facilitate the work. It's humbling to watch 90 students work together effectively to organize fund-raisers, communicate with parents and community partners, and brainstorm projects in the same manner that a group of co-workers would effectively accomplish. Authentic collaboration and accomplishment feels great, and that's what I will continue to encourage my students to seek out when working with others.
I will commit to constantly focusing on collaboration and not compromise so that I can celebrate the growth that all will achieve when we synergize. With my students, I will provide beneficial feedback that drives them to improve, while encouraging them to clarify points of confusion so that we can both work well in harmony for maximized gains in learning. With colleagues, I will work to observe their effective activities that engage students in learning, while also sharing my ideas with them. I will work on effectively understanding the strengths and weaknesses of my colleagues and students in order to properly seek out solutions and delegate responsibilities, as needed. This is a skill that I feel I am comfortable with, as I understand and value the ability of a group/team over that of any individual.