Content-specific together time

I need more content-specific time to work with my colleagues

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Clearly schools need time with all teachers and staff together to talk about systems, safety and other broad topics. Let's do that right before school starts, we're all together then.

After that's over, and throughout the year, what I want as a teacher is content specific time to work with my colleagues. We have common planning time at my school Thursdays after school, but once a month I've got a department chair meeting and every week one or more of our team is coaching a sport or running the after-school tutoring session in the library. The system is set up so that we have a hard time getting together regularly and being effective.

As teachers we rarely get the time we could use to work together on things.

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Photo of Moss Pike

Agreed, Walt; thanks for sharing! I too am excited by the idea of content-specific time that goes beyond simple planning meetings. As we move into our "Ideate" phase today, I'm eager to think through some prototypes for your idea. How might content-specific time look within our current schedule (i.e., when, where, who, etc.)? What's preventing us from doing this now? And what might it look like ideally, if we had the power to change anything we want? I think there's a lot of potential here and am excited to help hammer out the idea in more detail!

Photo of Jessica Hadid

Collaborative time is crucial. It needs to be regular, dependable, and purposeful. I would not be a decent teacher without it!

Photo of Diana Foster

Yes! I agree...when I have designated time to plan with colleagues, we accomplish so much and are re-energized about creating innovative curriculum. How do we get this done within the confines of the school day?

Photo of Sarah Lundy

Amen! When we look at models where teachers have significant time to collaborate on an ongoing basis, the result is undeniably powerful for student learning.

The Teaching Channel has spotlighted some great examples of what you're calling for:

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/teacher-teaming-evolution
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/changing-student-demographics
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/power-of-leadership-teams