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Skill

Self Awareness & Growth Mindset
Collaboration & Community Skills

Areas of Impact

Professional Development
School-Wide

Age Group

High school and middle school

Length

30 minutes

Frequency

Yearly

Type

Videos/Webinars

SHARE for Co-teaching & Collaboration

Self Awareness & Growth Mindset, Collaboration & Community Skills

Successful collaboration and co-teaching do not happen by accident; it is a relationship that has to be built with honesty, integrity & attention.

Overview

This document jump starts a conversation among co-teachers and collaborators to develop successful co-teaching relationships.

Context

Administrators could use this document at the beginning of the year to establish the importance of co-teaching and begin honest conversations to support that collaboration.  Teachers reflect on their philosophies and habits regarding co-teaching and/or collaboration then share it with all their co-teachers and collaborators. This process establishes the groundwork for teachers to honestly share their perspectives and build successful co-teaching teams.

Implementation

Before asking teachers to honestly share their perspectives, administrators must establish both the importance of collaboration & an atmosphere of openness to confronting the challenges of the process. This reflection document represents just one step in the process of shaping successful teams. At Gateway, co-teaching teams take time at their first formal team meeting to share these perspectives. Afterwards teams establish their norms & systems using the Practices for Team Collaboration tool. Successful teams at school need opportunities to revisit their expectations & practices.  Just as the beginning of a semester is often a good time to re-establish classroom norms, it is also often a good time to revisit team norms, allowing teams to improve upon their strategies and practices for effective communication.

Related Content:

Practices for Team Collaboration

Leading the Co-Teaching Dance: Leadership Strategies to Enhance Team Outcomes by Wendy Murawski & Lisa Dieke