WHAT IS A TEAM?
Some said it was school staff having one aim, being a whole, cooperative, flexible, working together, reporting to one boss or providing an education for the child. So, a team is any group of people organized to work together!
Webster’s dictionary says it is:
1. A group on the same side (like a game) and
2. A group organized to work together.
Thus simply, team teaching is a method of classroom instruction in which several teachers combine their individual efforts to work together to teach a group of children interdependently and cooperatively to meet the needs of children and helping the school accomplish its purpose and goals. Teams are created for both long term and short-term interactions. They try to work out plans weekly with short-term goals and plan the year for long-term goals.
QUESTION: SO, WHY IS A TEAM SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE?
The purpose for creating a team is to provide a framework that will increase the ability of staff to participate in helping plan, problem solve and making better decisions to serve our children. By doing this, it increases participation and promotes:
1. Better understanding of decisions,
2. More support for and participation in implementation of plans,
3. Increased contribution to problem solving and decision-making.
In order for the school staff to fulfill their intended roles of improving effectiveness, it is critical that the team develops this working relationship with each other and focus together on school’s goals for the children and the reason for why we are here.
Next week: 15 Solid Benefits of Team Building.