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Teaching That Changes Lives by Marilee G. Adams

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CHAPTER 13STAFF MEETING SHOWDOWN

It’s not differences that divide us.It’s our judgments about each other that do.Margaret J. Wheatley

A few days after our visit with Sophie, Carmen and I walked into the multi-purpose room for the special meeting about our Open House. I loved the way the chairs had been deliberately placed in a large circle, so that we could each make eye contact with everyone else.

Dr. Marshall opened the meeting by congratulating us all on the success of our annual Open House. We’d had the best attendance in seven years, and he’d received a large number of laudatory phone calls and emails from parents. This was great news, and considering the comments I’d heard in our own classroom, I thought with satisfaction that Carmen and ...

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