Professional Collaboration and Success Skill Development
I recently published a book, The Missing Link, Teaching and Learning Critical Success Skills. The core idea of this book is predicated on that fact that every single child wants to be successful. The problem is, if they can't be successful at being successful, they'll be successful at screwing up. The difference between a child who is successful in school (and elsewhere) is rarely matter of intelligence or ability but is most often a matter of skillfulness in the ability to be successful.
Because of that, my book seeks to place such skills as decision making, persistence, self-regulation, organization, time management and even the skill of appropriate “work-place social skills” into the strata of critically important learning.
However the development of these skills does not jibe with traditionally structured schools. Success skills cannot be effectively taught if groups of individuals are giving different messages, or appear to be giving different messages, and not working collaboratively. Like in families, lack of unified consistency amongst those responsible for child development almost always results in very little development of these these self-efficacy skills.
In academics such collaboration is somewhat less critical but when it comes to developing critical success skills, professional educators must become more unified and collaborative, clear and consistent. In other words communicate meaningfully, and repetitively, and consistently about student development, as well as communicate with each other to facilitate genuine individual character development, The reality is all of these victories are always individual.
The problem of course is that overwhelmed professional educators do not need more stuff to do. That's why in my book I foster ways to do the same things differently so that the cost of time is really the same but the outcomes are significantly different. It's really so simple: we all do what we usually do, but with a slightly different method and focus so that children learn how to manage time, manage emotions and manage themselves.