There are many ways that teachers can reach out and connect with their colleagues and build a more collaborative atmosphere in their schools. We’ve come up with just a few here, but feel free to share your own experiences and ideas that can help other educators to connect and ultimately improve the quality of instruction they can offer students.
- GET ON THE SAME PAGE.
- TEACH AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.
- COLLABORATE ON LESSON PLANS.
- SHARE WHAT WORKS.
- START A BLOG.
- BUILD YOUR OWN SOCIAL NETWORK.
- TAKE ON BIG PROJECTS.
- GET FEEDBACK.
- CREATE A PERSONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY.
- SCHEDULE WEEKLY GET-TOGETHERS.
- WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.
- BECOME A TEACHER-LEADER.
- KEEP YOUR DOOR OPEN.
- ADOPT A TEAM MENTALITY.
- MAKE TIME FOR CHATTING.
- ASK FOR HELP.
- DON’T SKIP THE CAFETERIA.
- MERGE CLASSROOMS.
- TRY CO-TEACHING.
- TAKE CLASSES TOGETHER.
- FIND A MENTOR.
- PUT THE KIBOSH ON NEGATIVITY.
- DON’T WAIT FOR OTHERS TO MAKE THE FIRST MOVE.
- BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS.
- REACH OUT TO THE LARGER EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
Your colleagues can be more than just the teachers at your own school. If you want a wider view, reach out to those at other schools or in administration. It never hurts to know more people and to learn the methods they’re using in their schools.
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