Have you heard about thebenefits of collaboration in education?
WHAT IS COLLABORATION IN EDUCATION? Participants in education are students, parents, teachers and principals. Collaboration is the reciprocal partnerships between the participants who share mutual goals that benefits all students, the school and with each other. Teachers collaborate with colleagues, students and their parents to plan and sustain a safe environment where students work together innovatively and effectively.
COLLABORATION AMONG STAKEHOLDERS INEDUCATION, PROMOTES STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Student- Parent- Teacher- School Teacher Teacher Teacher Administrator Collaboration Partnership Teamwork Support
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN STUDENT-TEACHER COLLABORATION? Teachers co-construct lessons and methods of assessments with their students. Students are engaged in the planning process by sharing what they want to learn, how they want to learn and how their learning should be assessed. When students are engaged in their learning process, they are aware of what is expected. It also allows teachers to develop their professional knowledge about their students needs and abilities.
"You dont change performance 3 WAYS TEACHERS without changing the instructional1. Increase the knowledge and skill of core. The teachers relationship of the teacher and the student in the2. Change the content presence of content must be at the center of efforts3. Alter the relationship of the student to improve CAN IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE performance." to the teacher and the content Richard Elmore (Usable Knowledge, Harvar d Graduate School of Education)
BENEFITS OF PARENT-TEACHER PARTNERSHIPS? Research has proven when parents engage in their child’s education, it promotes higher student achievement (Henderson & Berla, 1995). Parental involvement supports their child’s well being and helps them to value their learning. Teachers interact with families to communicate their values, unique knowledge and skills, which makes them feel welcomed into the classroom.
Classroom Internet websites: Articles, books,Children’s portfolios, newsletters - TDSB Video/audiotapes of & magazineswork samples & photos - http://www.literacycenter.net/ classroom discussions, Singing and storytelling Class-made books Technological E-mail, fax, voice-mail Print Media Resources School newsletters Home-School Communication Forum for discussion Math/Reading nights of education issues Curriculum Night Volunteer teaProvincialand School Schooldistrict Council Movie nightsupdates Committee District/School School-wide Provide input into sponsored celebration school-based Parent information parent workshops School of theme work decisions bulletin board Council Committee Questionnaires Field trip volunteer Classroom Conferences Parent-teacher: at school, Classroom helper through telephone calls In-session open house Informal conversations Parent-teacher-child: Parent-child: at school, through student-led at Evening celebrations of interactive homeschool school, student-led child’s learning (e.g., Reading programs and at home with concerts, plays) back-and-forth books portfolio or questionnaire Adapted from The Primary Program, p. 179
TEACHERS WORKING TOGETHER When planning and implementing collaboratively, teachers:1. Encounter new ides for grade team members and encourage differentiated teaching practices.2. Create developmentally appropriate teaching that include the whole child through supportive learning environments and design and implement learning experiences that engages students.3. Integrate curriculum to enhance student learning by making meaningful connections using a backward design approach and being mindful of students’ equity, diversity, and social and emotional development.4. Make informed instructional decisions and design next steps in student learning.
CONTINUED….. Educators work together to help students reach their full potential by inquiring about their learning, resulting in the teachers’ deepened understanding about how they learn.
WHY INQUIRE ABOUT STUDENT LEARNING? Using documentation collected, teachers share evidence of student learning and thinking and collaboratively identify trends and patterns. Using the evidence learned, teachers design and determine the learning opportunities that challenge and extend current understanding.
EFFECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICE Teachers foster critical thinking by deepening student thinking, summarizing student thinking and allow student self- assessment. They ignite learning with technology by using audio and video recordings, projectors, and SMART boards.
Promotes team teaching COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING Teacher moderation Teacher reflection and learning opportunities Allows for review of student work and relevant data Supports planning for student success Focuses on strategies to help students who are not making progress
HOW SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORSSUPPORT COLLABORATION IN SCHOOLS Principals establish the platform that focuses on student learning. They also promote a supportive environment, foster reflection and encourage risk taking experiences. Principals “Spend energies on supporting environments focused on teaching and learning”.(The Learning & NumeracySecretariat – Capacity BuildingSeries, p. 3)
WAYS SCHOOL LEADERS CAN STIMULATE SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS Adopt strategic and collaborative approaches that addresses the health and wellbeing of all students, support staff and in partnerships with community. Focus on professional development for staff at knowledge and skills in areas concerning communication with students and parents, recognising the needs of students and accessing appropriate support for them.