Schools, Learning, Collaborating

ideas on using collaboration in the schools

Classroom Management

How does it relate to effective collaboration to prompted student learning?


  • Classroom management promotes student learning by establishing clear learning goals, clear behavior expectations, and exhibiting assertive behavior. It is a known fact that if an educator has great classroom management, it will have a great effect on student achievement.




Points about class management


  • When promoting student learning educators should establish expectations for behavior by establishing clear rules and procedures as well as providing consequences for student behavior.
  • When learning goals are established communicating learning goals to students at the beginning of a unit before instruction is a great way to give students a head’s up on what to come. An educator should also provide feedback on the learning goals, continually and systematically re-visit goals, and also provide summative feedback regarding goals.
  • An educator’s verbal and physical body language also plays a part in classroom management. Using an appropriate tone of voice, speaking clearly and deliberately in a pitch that is slightly but not greatly elevated from normal class speech is a great strategy to use. Educators should also avoid displaying any emotions in their voice. Doing this will aid in communicating appropriate levels of dominance.




Practices


  • Meeting students as they enter the classroom greeting each one by name will set the tone for great classroom management.
  • Allowing and encouraging students to participate in class discussions and interactions is a great way to establish good classroom management. Getting all students involved, even those who don’t talk often, promotes a great learning environment for a students.



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Scholastic.com has many great methods educators can use for promoting great classroom management. The section classroom management: Everything you need to know provides teachers with tips, strategies, and recourses that will be beneficial to all upcoming and current teachers.

Teacher Collaboration

How does it relate to effective collaboration to prompted student learning?

  • When educators have the opportunity to get together and share ideas with each other, it results in better teaching and more student learning. Research says that educators who commit to at least six hours of collaboration time have greater outcomes in student assessment scores.


Points about teacher collaboration

  • Collaboration is just not for educators. Administrators, parents, and other stakeholders who have a student’s best interest at heart are great individuals to collaborate with. Collaborating with these individuals will aid in creating a positive and productive school environment.
  • Interdisciplinary teaching as another great collaboration method. When teacher create an interdisciplinary lesson tying subjects together it allows students to hone their critical thinking and communication skills. Interdisciplinary lesson also promotes an increase for academic achievement in students.



Practices

  • Another good method for teacher collaboration is observing. When educators observe other educators as they conduct a lesson, they are able to gain knowledge of other great teaching styles and classroom management systems.
  • Having students collaborate with each other in the classroom is a great method. Doing this promotes positive results such as achievement increases for all types of students. It is also a great way to provide students a opportunity to learn about the diversity of their peers.


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Student Relationships

How does it relate to effective collaboration to prompted student learning?


  • When students have a positive relationship with teachers it promotes social development as well as student academics. Students who have close, positive, and supportive relationships with their teachers are more likely to attain higher levels of achievement than those with conflict in their relationships.


Points about student relationships


  • Teachers who have developed positive relationships with their students have students who are less likely to avoid school. These students also are more self-directed in the classroom, more cooperative, and more engaged in learning.
  • Having a positive teacher-student relationship can also contribute to a student’s school adjustment and academic and social performance. For example, it has been proven that teacher-student closeness has been linked to gains in reading achievement, while teacher-student conflict is related to lower levels of reading achievement.



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· http://www.slideshare.net/flowerbomb22/how-do-teacher-student-relationships-impact-student-learning-ppt-40723898

· Slideshare.net is a great source for teachers when trying to establish healthy student-teacher relationships. There is a slide titled “Student teacher relationships and learning outcomes” that does a great job explaining how teacher relationships have an impact on student learning outcomes.


Practices


  • Creating a positive classroom climate can promote good student relationships. This can be done by allowing time for student to link concepts and skills they are learning in your classroom to their own experiences. Also building fun in to your lessons is another great way to promote a positive relationship with students.
  • Another great way to support a positive student-teacher relationship is to be respectful and sensitive to our adolescents. Since teacher positive relationships encourages a student’s motivation and engagement, having positive actions and words towards students will have a long term positive effect on students.

Collaborating with Families

Teachers and parents can build good relationships to support the children in their education through collaboration. According to Burden and Byrd (2013), continual communication, listening, recognizing and respecting the culture of families, and sharing information with the parents are some elements involved with collaborating with families. Often parents want to be involved in supporting the school. Ways to support the school s and families could be addressed through parent and school organizations.

The website "Families in Schools" features a number of different activities and trainings for teachers and parents to support the education of the children.


Practices
  • School Literacy Nights
  • Notes and Homework Folders
  • Organizations for parents and school administrators, teachers and school staff

Collaborations in the Schools

Within a school, numerous opportunities for collaboration are in the classroom, with teachers and school staff members, and with administrators. In the classroom teachers and students collaborate on student projects. If there is an assistant teacher, the teacher and assistant often collaborate. According to Strauss, (2013), teachers often collaborate with other teachers in the same grade to work on curriculum and problems within their classes. Poulos, Culbertson, Piazza, and D’Entremont (2014), mention that teachers collaborate to reflect on class practices, develop new teaching strategies, question and give feedback to each other. Administrators lead the school through collaborations within the school and in establishing school wide programs. Librarians often collaborate with teachers regarding reading appropriate for the grade level. Collaboration is part of preparing, planning, and leading a school.


Two websites featuring compilations of different apps useful for collaboration


  • "Web 2.O. Cool Tools for Schools", compiled by Levena Shearing (2015), features a huge variety of apps useful for a variety of learning activities for teachers and students. http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com



Practices

  • Students involved in working on projects together.
  • Collaborations with teachers, informal and formal
  • Professional learning groups

School and Community Collaborations

A community is made up of a variety of places, people, and families. Schools are a part of a community. Within a community, a number of different people, places and resources are available to schools for collaboration and building up the education of the students. Brian O’Keefe ( 2011), also suggests that collaborating with community members gives the students advocates and opportunities to see how their learning in school is used within the community


http://www.utahparentcenter.org/ The website "Utah Parent Center" has information regarding different disabilities, IEP process, support and assistance for parents, and training. One of the pages on the Utah Parent Center website is about district consultants who work with parents, answer questions, and provide direction.


Practices
  • Create community social events (O’Keefe, 2011)
  • Student/Advocate (O’Keefe, 2011)
  • Involve students in community events

References

Accredited Online Colleges. (2015). 50 Free collaboration tools that are awesome for education. Retrieved from www.accreditedonlinecolleges.com/blog/2010/50-free-collaboration-tools/


Burden, P. R., & Byrd, D. M. (2013). Methods for effective teaching. Meeting the needs of all students. (6th ed.). Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database.


Education World. (2011). Being a Team Player: Collaboration With Colleagues. Retrieved from http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/columnists/mcdonald/mcdonald014.shtml


Families In Schools. (n.d.) Parent curricular programs. Retrieved from http://www.familiesinschools.org/parent-curricular-programs/


O'Keefe, Brendan. (2011, October 11). Five steps to better school/community collaboration. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/school-community-collaboration-brendan-okeefe


Poulos, J., Culberston, N., Piazza, P., & D'Entremont, C. (2014). MAKING SPACE: The value of teacher collaboration. The Education Digest, 80(2), 28-31. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1586076592?accountid=35812


Scholastic. (2015). Classroom Management: Everything You Need. Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit/classroom-management-everything-you-need


Shearing, Levena. (2015). Web 2.O. Cool tools for schools. Retrieved from http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/



Strauss, Valerie. (2013, May 2). Why collaboration is creating effective schools. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/05/02/why-collaboration-is-vital-to-creating-effective-schools/

Utah Parent Center. (2011). District consultants and parent mentors. Retrieved from http://www.utahparentcenter.org/