We may wish for teacher collaboration, by itself, to improve learning, but the reality is more complex. What does team teaching look like in today’s schools? Do teachers have the skills and supports they need to make such collaboration work? How are teachers transforming their practice by working together?
Try to imagine an individual attempting to win a game all by herself, or a musician playing every instrument in an orchestra. We’re not talking about MVPs. Sure, a soloist can play beautifully, and it’s fun to watch Michael Jordan hit a game winning shot, but it takes a team to play a symphony and a team to win a championship. In our schools, teams of teachers working in concert is what truly has an influence on student learning and creates a collaborative 21st century school environment.
On this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, ASCD Director of Member Engagement Kevin Scott (@Edu_Kevin_) and our panelists explore the benefits and challenges of educators working together to plan and deliver instruction.
- Peter Anderson taught for several years in an award-winning charter school in Washington, D.C., and now teaches 7th grade English language arts at a public school in Northern Virginia. He currently serves as codirector for the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute. Connect with Anderson on Twitter @MrAndersonELA.
- Jeffrey Bradbury is currently the coordinator of technology integration for the Westwood Regional School District in New Jersey. He is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google-certified teacher, Google education trainer, PBS learning media digital innovator, speaker, writer, broadcaster, consultant, and educational media specialist. He is the author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with Your Students and is the creator of TeacherCast.net, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today. Connect with Bradbury @TeacherCast and @JeffBradbury.
- Gordon Stokes has spent his career in education focused on the learning and social-emotional needs of middle school students in Fairfax County, Va. A former 7th grade American history teacher and assistant principal, he became principal at Rachel Carson Middle School this past July. Stokes’ areas of expertise are teacher collaboration, curriculum development, and supervision of multiple curricular areas, and he has participated in and developed professional development opportunities in these areas for both teachers and administrators.