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Teacher Teaming - Opportunities and Dilemmas

Teacher Teaming - Opportunities and Dilemmas

Researchers and educators alike praise teams for keeping faculty motivated, providing focus for efforts to improve student performance, and enhancing the development of professional community. But teaming also can create dilemmas for schools. This brief examines some of the potential conflicts between teacher teaming and the development of schoolwide professional community. According to this brief, professional community in a school is strong when the teachers demonstrate five critical elements: 1?Reflective Dialogue: discussion which forms the basis for shared norms, beliefs and values that shape plans for action. 2?De-Privatization of Practice: Teachers share practice ?in public,? learning new ways to talk about what they do and building new relationships with peers. 3?Collective Focus on... Show More
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