Reading Corinna's thinking about the importance of vulnerability and trust on teams has gotten me to wondering about whether PLCs can truly be created through a set of logical, practical steps, or whether successful PLCs are more a matter of luck.
I mean, trust in teams is based on shared experiences---a group of individuals who come together, develop a collective vision for their work, and then walk forward as one. Successful teams laugh together and look forward to being challenged by one another. Successful teams see every member as an equal, capable of making worthwhile contributions. Successful teams move beyond conflict because of the value that they place on the relationships that they have with one another.
Can you really do these things with people that you don't enjoy?
If the members of a team don't "hit it off," will you really make yourself open to allowing others to change your instructional practices---let alone your thinking?
And if not, what implications does this have for the formation of learning teams in schools? Should teams self-select based on shared interests? Is "assigning" teachers to teams a misguided practice? Is hiring teachers no longer a role that administrators can fill without teacher input?