Collaboration is important in schools because as stated in an article in Education World: "The days of closing the classroom door and creating a self-contained world are over. The autonomous classroom simply doesn't exist -- and for good reason. Our students need more than just one person to guide their education. They need the added power of several brains working together for their good."
The article goes on to list 4 requirements to successful collaboration.
1. a willingness to work with others and the ability to recognize that you can't do it all on your own
2. seek out the support faculty and staff
3. be humble and listen to the advice of others
4. plan with other members of your grade level team
(to see the article go to: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/columnists/mcdonald/mcdonald014.shtml)
The one requirement I struggle with is to recognize that I can't do it all on my own. (Thus the reason my mantra this year is: I can do anything, but I can't do everything!) I sometimes forget that I can ask for help from others instead of struggling on my own.
At McGovern we are so fortunate to have many people that we can call upon to collaborate with: reading teachers, Title 1, SpEd teachers, tech integration specialists, and even myself the coach. All of these people are there to support us and guide us so we can grow stronger and wiser together as a team of teachers.
Who will you call upon to help you collaborate? Which one of these requirements is speaking to you?
Feel free to respond all with your thoughts. Let's get the conversation going about collaboration!