The Benefits of Teacher Collaboration

Mar 1, 2019 by

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They say two heads are better than one. And three heads are better than two. Which is why teacher collaboration is so important. Actively working together is crucial in any work environment to increase productivity and success. Most teachers have no problem sharing ideas, brainstorming lesson plans, and using one another’s resources. After all, the main objective is educating and bettering the students. But it’s not always easy for professionals to put their pride aside and let go of control when it comes to ideas or materials. If you’re still not convinced that collaboration among educators is important, keep reading.

Improved Instruction

If there’s one goal an educator should set for themselves it’s the ability to teach on a deeper, more universal level. And teacher collaboration makes this possible. Every teacher as their own teaching approach. Some use reward systems, while others feel expectations should not be rewarded. Certain teachers use a more stern approach to command respect while others are more nurturing. While teacher collaboration won’t completely transform the type of teacher you are at your core, you’re exposed to several teaching methods. You might see something you like. A certain lesson, phrase, or technique you hadn’t considered before. This is especially true when handling difficult or challenged students.

Consistency

Children thrive on consistency. Teacher collaboration helps maintain consistency across the grade and into other grade levels. When students are all learning the same thing, at the same time, they’re given the opportunity to equally succeed. Many lessons are determined by the school’s curriculum, but teachers adopt their own versions of how to get the message across. When teachers communicate, they can let educators in the next grade level know what approach they used and what worked and what didn’t. This helps avoid confusion among students or the need to reteach basic concepts.

Shared Resources

Let’s be honest, school budgets aren’t normally large enough for teachers to get all the resources they would like or need. Most teachers are given a small budget form which they buy materials of their choosing. Everything else (basic supplies) are provided by the school system. Some teachers apply for grants or are gifted useful tools and resources from parents or other outside sources. When teachers collaborate, they can divide their money and purchase materials that they all want and need, then rotate them. This increases the chances that a teacher will get the items they need or want most. But materials aren’t the only thing educators can share. Information is also invaluable in the teaching community. Companies like Magna Publications offer online training, conferences, and other opportunities for teachers to collaborate and share information. In many instances, information is more valuable than materials.

Ownership of the Results

Students aren’t the only ones who need to take ownership over their behavior and work. Teachers should be proud of how far their students have come and take ownership over the results. When teachers make adjustments to their teaching methods, experiment with different approaches, or bring in new materials that benefits students, it makes them feel proud and accomplished as educators. Teachers tend to try harder, research more, and collect a variety of resources when they know they’re sharing with others. You have to give back to get back.

Like in any career, teamwork boosts productivity, improves morale, and increases results. The teaching world is no different. Educators across grade levels, subjects, and experience levels can all learn from one another. And when they do, everybody wins!

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