Congeniality is important for job satisfaction. In the workplace we may not all be best friends, but we need to be pleasant and get along with each other. We should take a little time each day to laugh and enjoy a moment of fun. Collegiality is vitally important for school improvement.
Collegiality in schools is marked by the presence of four specific behaviors. First, adults talk about teaching and learning – not each other and kids. 2. Adults in schools observe each other teaching and administrating. Then, reflect and discuss these observations – not complain about doing them. 3. Adults work together on the curriculum – not declare it busy work and put it off for another day. 4. Adults teach each other what they know. Knowledge shared – not hoarded.
All teachers are leaders. They lead kids in class on a daily basis. They also lead, and learn from, each other. A common thread between congeniality and collegiality is sharing. To establish congeniality, we share quite a bit about who we are as people. To establish collegiality, we share who we are as professionals. At Maryville R-II we encourage all staff to be both congenial and collegial.