6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jim Brandano
    May 26, 2011 @ 21:06:45

    Excellent points I found it really worthwhile reading.



  2. bornstoryteller
    May 26, 2011 @ 21:08:02

    Thank you Jim. Pass it on, if you can, to any friends who have kids in schools or teacher friends.


  3. Julia Smart
    May 27, 2011 @ 05:42:19

    Informative Blog.
    Thanks for share.


  4. Sharon Holzscherer
    May 27, 2011 @ 10:51:09

    Collaboration is the key to growth in most industries. Businesses, think tanks, innovation practices, all rely on “team teaching”. And yet we have so little of it in our schools. Not only do teachers seldom work together but when students help each other we often call that “cheating”. I thought school was about preparing for life?

    Two comments in your blog struck me. First, it is crucial that teachers move away from the “MY classroom, MY space” attitude that seems so prevalent. How about “OUR school, OUR students”? Team teaching is difficult with this territorial attitude in place. The second was that team teaching gives teachers a chance to interact with another adult on a regular basis. I think this is very healthy for everyone, even the students.

    I am a big proponent of team teaching and particularly cross curricular teams. Life is not split up into subjects. Students cannot continuously be asked to get excited about something – until the bell rings. And then get excited about something else. Many of us complain about the apathy of students. Guess where they learned it? We taught it to them. We taught them that nothing is really important because you will just leave it when the bell rings. If the entire day, the entire curriculum is linked so that they can sustain the excitement because the next class teacher will continue it, then apathy would be gone.

    By the way, one consequence of this is that teachers do not, in fact cannot, write lesson plans before they know what the students are interested in that day. Terrifying to many teachers, I know, but actually enlightening. Not hard to do if you know your subject and are passionate about it. Isn’t that one quality of a great teacher? (As an aside, I always teach like this and it is a blast – for all involved!)


  5. bornstoryteller
    May 27, 2011 @ 11:15:54

    Sharon, thank you. May I work for you, please? 🙂 Great response, and yeah..a lot of things I’ve seen in schools are counter productive to healthy teaching, for everyone involved.

    Again, thanks.


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