I've been YouTubing PLCs and I'm stunned by how different mine looks from what I'm seeing. I've spoken with my team members here and there one on one and in small groups. In every PLC, we have our principal, grade level AP and numerous specialists. We're split content so we have math specialists, ELA specialists and the principal and APs in every.single.meeting. We have tons of dead space and awkward silence. As a grade level, we don't meet to discuss anything. The only time we're in a room together is PLC and we never discuss anything as a team because for us, team is personal. I personally feel like the specialists and administrators are dissecting every bit of our conversation seeing positives and really looking for negatives. After a bit, our principal or AP will move to a corner and work on stuff on their computer but they're still in the room, I guess silently observing. For what? I don't really know. I've likened it to the mafia. We have this giant wood table and at any given time we have 12-14 people in a room. Guests at every meeting and just all around intimidating at least for me. I feel like nothing gets accomplished. We have some team members who hog conversation and no one wants to say anything to mention to them to let someone else speak lest one of the specialists or administrators get a funny look on their face or sense tension on the team. We DO have a lot of tension stemming from bad blood from last year that's never gone away but PLCs being an open space forum only adds to it. We just look at data and then take the entire time forming RTI groups. There's no mention of teaching strategies and if someone had higher numbers what they did to get their students to mastery. I want to say we've always heard that those conversations are for content planning and not for PLC. But in a way shouldn't some planning be done? Not full out but conversations on what you did teaching wise? I'm seeing small PLCs and no one who seems like a principals or AP so are we doing it wrong? What's the deal?