How do you collaborate with fellow teachers?
Our school has a monthly “No Teacher Left Behind” event. We vary activities—walk the trail, go bowling, dine out together, attend a movie, do a game night at someone’s house. We even did an overnight trip one year! Be creative with your time together.
—Janet W. S.
It Takes a School
As the reading teacher, I collaborated with our music teacher, our art/dance teacher, and our second-grade teachers on a musical based on The Toy Farmer (a book written by my brother). We wrote five songs for students to sing, and every second grader had a speaking role. It was magical.
I teach second grade and love having a co-teacher! I love the dynamic of two educators’ minds working together, and it’s wonderful to have two people to edit the children’s work. Also, our reading interventionist, a published writer, has created a great 2–6 writing program. She calls herself “The Roaming Writer” and has decorated a small grocery cart, equipped with a bicycle horn, to carry all her supplies from room to room.
Adapt and Thrive
I have co-taught how to write a children’s book with a fifth-grade coworker, and I do the vocabulary lessons for a second-grade teacher who has a lot of my ESL students. It really depends on the needs of the teachers and class that year.
—Laura B. E.
My team teachers and I do planning every Thursday. It’s amazing the ideas we come up with. Four minds are better than one.
—Traci C. W.
Camp for Grownups
I found amazing new ideas from discussions with area educators at edcamp (edcampgranitestate.event brite.com)! This movement is a fantastic idea! I can’t wait for the next one to happen near me.
Get a Library Pass
The best teacher to collaborate with is the teacher-librarian!
Nothing Like Shakey Bill
We created a nine-week look at Shakespeare and Twelfth Night. We learned clickers together, and, because we used costumes, our students were crazy about the play —and found Shakey Bill a hoot.
Licensed to Teach
I’m marrying one. Even though he teaches second grade and I teach fourth (at the same school), we bounce ideas off each other all the time. It’s ultimate teamwork, and we both love what we do, so it never gets old!
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