Can you remember being the new person at your school? Whether it was the beginning of your career and you were completely green or you switched schools and were learning the ropes of how this little community functions, each of us has been there. Hopefully, you were greeted by at least one person with a little more time than you, who just wanted to help.
Teaching is an incredibly complicated job. It is physically and emotionally taxing at times requiring us to be on our game as much as possible. When we work in a collegial environment, it is one that is nurturing and supportive.
There are 4 predictable stages of community that I learned about early on during summer training at my current school. (As a College Board school, we were required to meet over the summer for several weeks to team build and learn about a new way of teaching.) They are: pseudo-community, choas, emptiness and true community. Fluid phases that can often move quickly, until achieving true community, but it takes work. The definitions below are adapted from M. Scott Peck.
First in pseudo-community, we all pretend to get along, avoiding conflict wherever possible. We are kind because we want to be liked. When we first enter a school, we are eager to find out how the community works and so we, watch and agree to a lot of things. This never lasts because a lot of personalities in one place can't stand the facade....