When teachers co-teach they’re more vested and held accountable for their work and their strengths and weaknesses are more visible to one another, which allows for greater reflection instead of on their own where it tends to be more private and introspective. (Chanmugam, Gerlach 2013).
“Through sustainable cooperative teacher work in so-called professional learning communities (PLCs) (cf. Gräsel et al. 2006), teachers share their experiences with other teachers in order to benefit from each other’s knowledge. Thereby, they improve their content knowledge and their process related competences. In addition, collaboration supports teachers in reflecting on their professional performance in class so as to promote more meaningful (mathematics) learning for students (cf. Lomos et al. 2011).”
In order to improve student achievement through teacher collaboration in my school here are a few actions I want to begin exploring with my community.
- During our team meetings teachers will give a quick summary of their goals for this coming’s month curriculum in each class they teach. This change will increase transparency, communication, collaboration, and preparedness for everyone.
- Establishing a mentor program for all new teachers to our school. This program will match up veteran teachers with new teachers, which will increase collaboration, communication, and self-efficacy for both new and veteran teachers.
- For my school change project I’m going to study our current K-5 Language Arts curriculum and compare that to the California State Standards and then finally present my findings to our faculty that will hopefully lead to a discussion to find gaps and opportunities to improve student achievement.