Teacher Learning Communities: Understanding what a PLC is
Teacher learning communities can be defined as groups of teachers who “continually inquire into their practice and, as a result, discover, create, and negotiate new meanings that improve their practice.” -(Skerrett, 2010)
There are different types of teacher learning comminities.
- Professional Learning Communities (PLC) (most common)
- Faculty Learning Communities
- Teaching and Learning Communities
- Professional Learning Groups
- Collaborative Learning Communities
- Critical Friends Groups
- Communities of Practice
Within my school district we do PLC once a week.
What is a PLC?
Professional Learning Communities are a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.
The goals of a PLC is to increase teacher knowledge, understanding and skill in differentiated instruction and to increase student motivation and achievement as a result.
A PLC is a usually a group of 4 to 6 teachers and/or administrators, the group should have goals in mind and a set of norms to follow. They need a set time and location to meet.
- We will maintain a positive attitude during each meeting.
- We will stay on topic and follow the agenda.
- We will begin promptly at the designated starting time.
- We will listen to and consider all ideas.