What Educators Can Learn from Big Business About Community
Educators work within and thrive off of communities. Our schools and classrooms are situated within neighborhoods and towns, connected with families, community-based organizations and local governments. Much of our professional learning takes place through PLCs -- sometimes in person, and sometimes on line. But when it comes to strategically creating and nurturing learning communities, there’s a good deal to learn from business about what communities are, what they can and can’t do, and how to manage them.
Here are three things you need to know about how companies like Lyft think about community:
To apply these ideas about community to your practice, consider how you might:
- Find a common goal: What do both you AND your learners care about?
- Focus on relationships: How can you take yourself out of the equation and let learners learn from one another?
- Invest in your community: Communities can work wonders, but they need love and care to grow.