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My team building company Team

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My team building company Team Tactics (www.teamtactics.co.uk) often hold large-scale team building exercises for schools. I find the musical activities are the most popular as everyone can relate to music and the energy it creates is fantastic!

Head Facilitator at Creative Team Events

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I'm actively involved with team building events and activities in schools. I think regular fun activities can really help with team building. We find that brief, fun activities ( http://www.creativeteamevents.com/team-building-activities) that involve music and rhythm, such as drumming, are really effective.

I work in a school district

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I work in a school district that just started Positive Learning Communities. My school has just started with the meetings and we meet 2 or 3 times a week. Teacher collaboration is huge and this is a great way to get everyone on the same page. Our administrators are very committed to making sure these PLC's are working and I feel that that is where everything starts. The first time the whole school met, our administrators said that they feel this will work and help bridge gaps that we may have and that they are committed to making these work. They need to be committed in order for the teachers to get into this and for the groups to be effective. All teachers do not teach the same material the exact same way so I think it is beneficial working together because I can learn ideas and new strategies that I can use with my student. Another reason for PLC's to be effective is that teachers cannot get off topic too much.

Erin (not verified)

I used this for my essay!

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I used this for my essay!

Deb Schave (not verified)

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My district is only a few years into the PLC progress. I am a special education teacher and I can see what a big difference collaboration in our school has made within the various teams. I meet with my PLC at least 4 hours per month and our district provides us with 3 mornings per year in the form of 2 hour late starts. I am amazed at what a difference it has made in my teaching by meeting with grade levels. We are actually collaborating regularly and it is helping our special education students because I know what the grade levels are doing and I am part of the decision maing process. Modifications are easier as the teachers can ask me weekly what can be done ahead of time. PLC's are truly amazing!

Kati (not verified)

Team building and collaboration

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Melisha,
I was just curious as to what exactly you talk about when it comes to your weekly meetings. I feel like the only thing that we have time to talk about is filling everyone in with what is going on the next week. I don't feel as though we ever have time to really sit and talk about important issues like standards and assessments.

Kati (not verified)

Staff Development

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I agree with you that there just never seems to be enough time to collaborate. When I was in grade school we always had early release every Wednesday. Of course as a kid I just thought that it was so that we could get home early one day a week. Now that I'm a teacher I see the importance of the one hour to be able to come together as a team or staff and collaborate. We also have weekly grade level meeting but they don't always happen. Things come up, the team is too busy, on and on. This year was the worst for our team collaboration. I think that it started out great but only lasted for about the first half of the school year. By the end of the year our team meetings weren't happening and I always wondered why our administration wasn't monitoring them?

Anonymous (not verified)

Teamwork, teamwork...

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I completely agree that collaboration is essential for effective teachers and schools. It not only provides for an exchange of ideas (both in instruction and in student management techniques), but also provides some much-needed encouragment from those who are working to meet the same challenges. Working with other teachers in my school has been a lifesaver for me, and has helped in eliminating many of the problems I've encountered in my classroom. And, I'm always eager to learn about new ideas that I can use with my students; I've learned a great deal from other teachers, especially ones who are more experienced than myself.

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Collaboration part 2

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Teacher collaboration is essential to teacher development. In the article What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do, teachers are encourage to collaborate with each other about students and other school issues. Expert teachers continuously seek out knowledge from professionals in their field.(National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, 2002)I believe that talking to other teachers can be helpful as long as your conversations are positive and focused on your concerns.

Donna Harris (not verified)

Collaboration

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I agree with the importance of team building and collaboration. Teachers that work together as a team form a school family. Together they are able to help pick each other up when they fall. This kind of family has to start with administration. If there is no support and not a 100% buy in on the part of the leaders it is not going to be effective. I have read several articles lately talking about teacher collaboration as key to teacher development. How can we accomplish this if no one is given time to work together? How can we grow into expert teachers all alone? Everyone on my campus finds a little time here and there to try to talk about the campus needs, but mostly we worry about our own students. In the perfect world we would come together as a campus or maybe when we get administration that believes in team work.

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