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.
As our students grow dependant on Internet being a primary source for their information, it becomes of urgent necessity that we, as teachers and educators, should know how to evaluate web content and decipher credible resources from spam and irrelevant ones.