Team Planning

Discussion in 'General Education' started by princessbloom, Sep 18, 2012.

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Does your team plan together?

  1. Yes, we plan EVERYTHING together! I love it!

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  2. Yes, we plan EVERYTHING together! It's torture!

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  3. No, we don't get together to plan. I don't mind. I like doing my own thing.

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  4. No, we don't get together to plan, but I wish we did.

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  1. princessbloom

    princessbloom Comrade

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    Wondering if your team plans together, and to what extent. If you can, please elaborate on your response.

    Also, when you get together do you also discuss data on your students?

    Wondering how common/uncommon this is.
     
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  3. PinkCupcake

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    My team meets every Tuesday to plan. Each of us is responsible for one content area. We decide what worksheets or handouts if any we're going to use and discuss lesson plans for the following week.
     
  4. giraffe326

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    My team would like to plan each individual assignment together. I have a teacher who thinks she knows everything and everything I do is wrong. It makes planning very tough. She is also a very big "open your text book to page 45" type teacher. Not me.

    Planning day is my least favorite day of the week.
     
  5. waterfall

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    I don't feel like any of the options really fit us. We plan our own daily lessons. However, we do have a "data team" meeting once a day (while the kiddos are in ESL classes). We look at/track data, write our smart goals, and come up with plans to meet the goals. In that sense, we do make sure we're completely on the same track. For example, right now one of our math goals involves the first chapter which basically every kid bombed. We're all reviewing this 10 minutes a day in the exact same way, making sure we're giving the same assessments at the same time and grading them all the same so that we can input our new data. However, that's just for that one small piece of the day.

    Otherwise, if we find a really cool resource we'll share or we might ask how someone is covering something. If people want to do something different, no big deal. We would never sit down and plan out the whole day and make sure everything is the same. We all have very different classes and we know we need to make things work for our individual classes.

    My team is THE BEST! I am so,so,so thankful for them. When I taught sped I didn't have a team, and after watching all the arguing and stress it seemed to cause the gen ed teachers, I wasn't thrilled about being part of a four person team when I changed jobs. However, I love it! We work perfectly together and we're all really on the same page. I really can't say enough positive things. We have a good time at meetings and get things done too.
     
  6. pwhatley

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    I wish we would plan together... I tried all summer long to get my coworker to plan with me (we switched to Common Core this year), but she would never do it. Basically, I do the heavy work (ELA and Math planning for 1st grade - 2 classes), and she plans for health/ss/science (hahaha - in first grade, that's little enough, and her plans are a joke). Sorry to be so negative... my coworker is not unlikeable, but I'm sick of the constant whining and complaining (she's so tired, she has no money, but she has energy & $$ enough to go partying with her friends), and the sheer neediness is constant. For two weeks, she has interrupted my class at least once per day for me to save files to a thumb drive (that I gave her last year and are on her hard drive, but she "can't" find them - i.e., doesn't feel like looking).
     
  7. TamiJ

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    We plan our big project together. We actually just spent last Friday working on it. It's already been planned, but we tweaked some things. It's really nice having something we do together as a team effort. :)
     
  8. roxstar

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    I teach middle school and we plan every week/share ideas/resources etc. It's awesome and my school really creates a wonderful atmosphere for collaboration. I wouldn't trade it for the world. My first year I was in elementary and there was ZERO collaboration. I was lost and had a really hard time. If my school had a situation like the one Pink described above, I might still be teaching elementary.
     
  9. Caesar753

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    In my department we all teach different subjects (no overlap), so we can't plan together in the same way that others can. It's just not an option.
     
  10. 2ndTimeAround

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    we plan some things together. And we're starting to look at student data together. However, we meet by department so no one would have the same student as anyone else. That's good and bad.
     
  11. Jerseygirlteach

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    I would love to plan with someone else, but I don't have a team. I teach self-contained 4th grade spec. ed and no one else at my school does that. It's actually been very challenging - trying to figure everything out almost completely on my own.
     
  12. treefrogs

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    I've done team planning before, if you want to call it that. In reality it was planning by myself, for others.
     
  13. YoungTeacherGuy

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    We have Common Formative Assessments that we administer every other week. We develop those together.

    We all use direct instruction and create lessons together.
     
  14. Ima Teacher

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    I really couldn't vote. None fit my exact situation. I'm in a middle school, and I've teamed for maybe 15 of my 20 years. Our current team consists of 2 language arts teachers, 2 math teachers, 1 science teacher, and 1 social studies teacher. We have common planning every day. We met formally once a week, and we take care of school business. We meet informally most other days, and we discuss whatever needs to be discussed. We don't really plan together as we don't teach the same things.
     
  15. lucybelle

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    I'm a team of one!

    I do think that all the gen ed teachers (all 8 of us) getting together to talk about students, issues, etc would be a good idea. But! Nothing ever gets done in meetings so I'm quite happy doing things by myself:)
     
  16. princessbloom

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    I ask because our team meetings consist of nothing but people complaining. Ideally, I'd love to discuss student data and plan together but it just doesn't happen. I feel like many teachers are stuck in their old ways (doing the same thing they've been doing for 25 years). I feel like the meetings are a complete waste of my time. Yet, when we don't meet people complain and say things like "That's a great worksheet/lesson! Why aren't you sharing that with the rest of us?"

    I want to plan together because I feel like we have so much we could teach each other (even the veterans!) and it's such a waste. It saddens me. I've tried to share this with the team but people look at me like I'm crazy and think I'm being an "overachiever". I'd love to be on a team that plans together.
     
  17. DrivingPigeon

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    I really enjoy doing unit an weekly plans by myself, and then sharing ideas with one-another. I do wish my team would spend more time collaborating on intervention and enrichment ideas. I honestly do not have a clue as to what goes on in their classrooms.
     
  18. DrivingPigeon

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    That's what I find frustrating! Analyzing data and collaboration is what teaching is all about! :dizzy:
     
  19. McParadigm

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    My team never managed to get it together enough to really collaborate, which I felt to be a genuinely lost opportunity. We're teamed according to student schedules, so we all have the same kids. The compartmentalization of knowledge into isolated subject areas could be drastically impacted, if there was more commitment to building whole-team designs rather than locking our individual ideas behind our respective doors.
     
  20. mopar

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    We meet once a week to plan. We plan the general standards that we will hit. We plan where the students should be and what assessments we need to give. But we can each teach the standards our own way.
     
  21. DrivingPigeon

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    I really like that idea. My team doesn't even assess the same standards each quarter!
     
  22. queenie

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    There are two of us at our grade level and our plan books are IDENTICAL. Well, except we have different times for computer lab, specialists, etc. We do all our plans together. I LOVE IT! We spend nearly every planning period together. I'll be honest- it took me a year or so to get used to the idea and I felt a little smothered at first, but now we are great friends and I love someone having my back. We work so well together that we can often read each other's minds. It's one of the things that makes going to work every day a wonderful thing =)
     
  23. goth_teach

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    Due to our self-contained setup, my supervising teacher and I plan together A LOT. Especially when it comes to things like scheduling. We both do activities that are going to occasionally run into each other's class, labs, videos, and the like. But with good planning, we can trade a little time on day A for time on day B. This is especially key since I am teaching Biology and Chemistry in the same period. It also helps when one of us is sick or has an emergency - since there isn't a sub list to start calling. Because I'm already up to speed on what is going on in her classes, and she in mine, a short phone call or email is all it takes to be ready to teach each other's classes.
     
  24. beccmo

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    We meet every Thursday to plan common subjects. We try and schedule for 2 weeks at a time, so that when we "officially" meet again we are tweaking our plans. How we present our lessons is totally up to each teacher, but we are on the same page, with common homework and assessments.
     

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