Monday, March 11, 2019

Virtual actual teamwork - 3.11 #sol19 Story Challenge

Today, at the school where I teach, teamwork is on my mind: the forms that will unfold if shifts in staffing announced today lead to more team teaching next year; the forms we aim to elevate among middle-school students' norms, though they seem to be the exception rather than the rule currently; the forms that sometimes pop and other times fizzle when colleagues and I try to navigate together through uncertainty... If nothing else, an in-service day does get me thinking.

To add to that mental momentum, I invite your comments below. What thoughts (or resources) about growing team teaching or honing collaboration skills can you share?

8 comments:

  1. Team teaching is tough. I think you really have to be matched up well. My first experience with team teaching was my first year as a teacher and it was really challenging. In the past I've worked with ENL teachers and I enjoy collaborating. The problem is time! We never had time to really plan so it becomes a challenge. What might you be team teaching? With what teachers?

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    1. Carving out collaboration time will be both obstacle and opportunity, I foresee. In theory, I will team with three colleagues, one in each of three middle-school grades where we target at least one section for creative co-taught alternatives in hopes of moving their literacy needles. Additionally, I expect to have less predictable opportunities as literacy coach partner in other general-education settings. Still, more questions than answers at this time.

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  2. Time and desire - I think I've realized that those are two of the key ingredients for me. My best teamwork comes when we have enough time to work things through and a strong desire for things to work out. Lacking one of those, things can, as you said, fizzle. But, oh!, when things pop it is something else. What sort of team might you be working with? I'm interested to hear more.

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    1. See above for answer to your question. Desire, we have in spades; time constraints will present conundrums.

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  3. I have had one bad teaming experience and plenty of excellent experiences. I think open-mindedness is a key element...and the time to plan together.

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    1. Our minds are open; our schedules, not as much ;)

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  4. I’m not sure. One thing I’ve tried is deep dive inquiry about curriculum together where I switch up he partners to unfamiliar people. It takes a few get together to gel. I also do book tastings to let people mingle over new resources.

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    1. Thanks for those ideas about bite-sized starting points.

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