Teacher collaboration is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. These top 9 resources give you tips and tricks on how to make that a reality!
Edutopia hit the nail on the head with this article aimed at school principals. Focusing on resilience as opposed to preventing teacher burnout creates an environment where teachers can thrive instead of merely survive. My favorite tip? Build support structures between people. Simple, but extremely effective! Have you ever taught at a school with a supportive staff and peers you genuinely feel you can go to for advice and collaboration? It changes the entire climate of the school! A definite must read.
2. The Teacher Burnout Epidemic (Part 1 & 2)
Teacher burnout is prevalent all over the world. Demanding workloads, challenging classrooms, over stimulation, the list goes on and on. This article gives some alarming statistics about not only our stress levels, but the turnover rates for new teachers in our schools. One way we can combat this epidemic, is to collaborate with one another and support each other in times of hardship. You can’t be on all the time, but you can find a good teacher to lean on when you need to turn your brain off for a bit!
Lots of great stuff in here on burnout prevention. My favorite tip here is to share the workload! There is no reason to reinvent the wheel here. If you are teaching the same grade level, the same topic, reach out to that teacher and plan a pow-wow! You would be amazed at how much faster planning goes when you have a sounding board to bounce ideas off of. Not to mention, your teacher buddy might have a different way of doing things that is more effective than your own. Sharing ideas can get those creative juices flowin’.
Sure, you know that collaboration is a must, but do you know how to get the most out of the experience? This article gives you some pointers to approach collaboration with the best attitude possible. Think you can’t connect with other teachers because you teach a specific subject? Think again! You can chat about classroom management, differentiation, even how you approach certain situations. Collaboration only makes us better.
Not only does collaboration benefit you as an educator, it also benefits students! Students showed higher test scores when their teachers
reported frequent conversations with peers regarding the subject being taught. These conversations should be structured and centered around both data and real world scenarios with an emphasis on it being a safe environment for sharing. Read more in the article!
6. 6 Benefits of Teacher Collaboration Infographic!!
Who doesn’t love a good infographic?
Collaborating can be difficult when you are used to having an autonomous classroom with little input from others. This article shares how we can shed those preconceived notions of what works and what doesn’t in favor of a growth mindset coupled with collaboration. There are also excellent tips on who you should collaborate with in your school. Hint: it’s not only other teachers…
The statistics are all there that show how influential teacher collaboration is on student achievement. But how do you start collaborating? This article gives you actionable tips on what you can do to create that collaborative environment in your school.
The Group Hug
If you are a teacher looking for some quality teacher collaboration, I urge you to join the Educator’s Group Hug. Through this community, you get unflinching support and some new perspective from educators across the country!
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