Course 2: Collaborative Problem Solving and Action
Session 3: Who Owns the Work?
Overview: This activity is informed by two of the course’s guiding questions: 1.) Why collaborate?; and 2.)What motivates or compels us to work together, across traditional lines, as a team of educators, administrators, union leaders, community partners, and other allies supporting student learning? By utilizing a labor-management responsibility scale, individual reflection, and whole group discussion, participants begin to determine which crucial areas are the responsibilities of labor, management, or both.
Task: Use the Labor-Management Responsibility Scale handout and assess which crucial areas of education work are the responsibility of labor and which are the responsibility of management. Think about who is responsible for each of these key aspects of the work. Take your time, and please work on your own personal set of responses to each question without consulting others, and without sharing your thinking aloud. Annotate your copy for your own use and possible future reference. You have 10 minutes for this task.
Gallery Walk: Before discussing your responses, go to the large-scale version of the handout to provide your input. Use sticky notes to place somewhere along each of the continua, indicating the degree of responsibility you confer on each. Use the surface of the sticky notes, when so moved, to make a comment, add a query, supply data, or otherwise elaborate on your “vote.”
Once you have placed all your notes, take a "gallery walk" to get both the emergent sense of the group view and the details and ideas of your peers as noted on the posted additional entries.
Whole Group Discussion:
- What surprises you?
- What makes you curious?
- What do you agree with?
- What do you disagree with?
- What more do you wonder about?
- Do you have a question for anyone in particular?
- How does what you are seeing help you to think about your own job, your own situation in the workplace?