T ogether E veryone A chieves M ore. Teacher TEAMs & Team Dynamics. Tom Van Hulle and Matt Wernsdorfer June 25, 2012. Adapted from Maxine Wood August 2011 Presentation. Talent Development Secondary (TDS) Focusing on Teacher TEAMs and Team Dynamics. Goals
At the conclusion of this session, School Transformation Facilitators will be able to:
Teacher TEAMs and
Small Learning Communities
Teams of teachers working with a common and manageable set of students, with time built into their schedule for collaborative work and facilitation to initially guide their efforts.
Teacher Teaming 1-Pager
Facilitates job-embedded collaboration
Builds a strong climate of caring and support for students and staff
Shares information and resources that provides collegial support
Coordinates instruction and curriculum across curriculum
Gives teachers time to work together so as to enable instructional flexibility
Provides students with a constructive and united front on attendance, behavior, and course performance
Promotes students’ social attachment to school by providing a team identity of adults that look out for them and gives guidance
Communicate and improve best instructional practices
Identify and address student challenges and needs
Analyze data to set common instructional goals
Work together to personalize and individualize the learning environment for each student
Meet regularly at scheduled times
Conference with students and/or their families
Organize instructional day
Provide the coordination of special activities or instructional rationale
in the School Transformation Plan
“Planning the Work,
Working the Plan.”
Teacher TEAMs and Small Learning Communities
Good Team Jigsaw Activity
Responsibility to Scheduling
“Schedules can do anything except everything.”
-- Ken Lerner
Scheduling is one of the most important decision making points in a school, and the power is carefully guarded.
It is how a school articulates what people will do all day and is therefore informed by:
We want (must have’s are underlined)
the School Transformation Facilitator
Roles, Responsibilities, And Resources
Adapted from: Team to Teach, National Staff Development Council,
Teams function most successfully when members have
shared goals and purposes that promote collaboration.
Modeling Roles and Results
Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning
1. Explain the Teacher Team Initiative to administrators and/or faculty.
“Why should we do this?”
2. Introduce or review the team process.
“How do we do this?”
3. Assist in planning and organizing for team work.
“What am I supposed to do?”
4. Help teams get off to a good start.
“How do we begin?”
5. Help members select and set team goals.
“What do we do now?”
6. Help teams develop a plan for action and accomplishment based on goals.
“How does this contribute to our goal?”
7. Assist/enable teams to conduct successful meetings.
“How can we be sure things are getting done?”
8. Maintain momentum.
“How do we effectively address our challenges?”
9. Assist in assessing team progress.
“How do we know if what we’re doing is working?”
10. Facilitate effectively.
“Might there be a better way of doing this?” OR “Are we just reinventing the wheel?”
Essential Activities 1-10 were adopted from:
Jolly, A. (2008). Team to teach: A facilitator\'s guide to professional learning teams. Oxford, OH: National Staff Development Council