Collaborating with Colleagues to Improve Student Learning

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  • 0:00 Working as a Team
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Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

As a teacher, you are not alone. You have a variety of other professionals to call upon to help improve student learning. In this lesson, we look at how to leverage their expertise to improve outcomes.

Working as a Team

When you're teaching away in a classroom, alone save for your students, it can be easy to forget that educators work as part of a larger team. Gone are the days of the one room schoolhouse, where a sole teacher was responsible for all aspects of a child's education. Today, educators can draw on a wide range of other professionals to help assist in ensuring student success. In this lesson, we're going to look at several of those relationships that can be built across the school to help make your job as an English teacher much easier. After all, from teachers in other subject areas, to members of the administration, everyone in the school is focused on one thing: student success.

Other Subject Teachers

While many standardized tests may only assess students in language arts and math, the truth is that you should talk to teachers in other subject areas to find out how to boost scores and student achievement on standardized tests. Take for example a hypothetical student who you have concerns about with regards to reading comprehension. By discussing these concerns with other teachers that encounter the student on a daily basis, you may find out that he has a special interest in science. By then working with the science teacher, you can recommend outside reading at an appropriate age that will encourage the student to try harder, to read more and more advanced texts.

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