Collaborating in every stage of the teaching Learning Cycle "My role as a teacher, is to evaluate the effect I have on my students. It is to know thy impact, understand this impact, and act on this knowledge and understanding."
Collaborative Reflecting can be effectively done using various different strategies. Review the descriptions of them below:
Team Teaching Team teaching an enlightening and powerful learning experience for all involved! This is a great opportunity for educators to learn best practices from one another and practice them all in the same lesson! Although I have had very little opportunities to teach with another teacher, The few times that I have done so have been fun, informative, and almost instantly increased student engagement.
Whisper Coaching Whisper coaching is not often seen as a collaboration strategy but rather a coaching tool. Observing another teacher and discussing what the teacher is doing and how students are responding to her teaching can be a great way for teachers to collaborate with each other. This does not have to be done only with a teacher coach. Instead teacher teams or grade-level teams can observe a live lesson and reflect on the lesson together and in real time!
Resources Revival Sharing of resources among teachers has been a long-time "secret" to success. This is because teachers are constantly finding new resources, games, and effective educational websites & Apps. I have seen the power of educators sharing resources and how it positively affects student learning from the well-known website www.teacherspayteachers.com. However, This website forced me to reflect on ways that educators can continue to collaborate and share more than just resouces. This can be done through a "resources revival". My vision for this would be similar to a eduactional conference or seminar where the sharing of best practices, the latest technological advancements in education, discussion boards, and videos of lessons being taught in various subjects and grade-levels along with the attached lesson plan.
Parent-Teacher Communication Womack, Hanna & Bell, 2012 explored the four most important factors in teaching Effectiveness and found that lesson planning was at the top of the list. As a result, they explored the variances in lesson planning and found that parent-teacher communication accounted for 18% of the variance. This proves the importance of including parents in lesson planning and helping them to understand the learning objectives and expectations. I do this through parent-teacher conferences, back-to-school nights, and home visits. However, to keep parents in the loop of what we are learning on a consistent basis, I use a communication app named Class Dojo. I try to keep parents informed of our learning by providing them with you tube video links, taking pictures of exemplars, sharing homework tips, and showing off student work! Educator collaboration is necessary in order to continuously improve teaching best practices and having a positive influence on student learning and achievement. Here are a few polls that you can participate in for a chance to have your teaching philosophies, discoveries, and best practices displayed here to share with others. Take a look at a few polls and share your thoughts!
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References: Womack, S, T., Pepper, S., Hanna, S.L., & Bell, C. D. (2015).Most effective practices in lesson planning.