TeamWork: Setting the Standard for Collaborative Teaching, Grades 5-9 / Edition 1

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Overview

In 2006 three middle school teachers from Louisiana became the first team to win the national "Teacher of the Year" prize at the annual Disney Teacher Awards. Now, through their new book, Monique Wild, Amanda Mayeaux, and Kathryn Edmonds are ready to share their successful approach with others.

TeamWork: Setting the Standard for Collaborative Teaching, Grades 5–9 is full of captivating stories and insightful conversations. "The teamers" provide an honest and richly detailed explanation of collaborative teaching in action. They deliver the straight scoop on teaming, offering insights on these and other key topics:

  • how to shape a shared purpose for learning by mining the talents of students and colleagues;
  • how to build strong partnerships with parents, principals, and other key people who influence the lives of young adolescents;
  • how to deepen curriculum integration by "cutting the fluff."

This insider's guide to teaming reveals the conversations, the conflicts, and the collegial sharing that enables teachers to collaborate so that every member of the team can meet the highest standards of professional practice. For new teachers and seasoned veterans alike, TeamWork provides a powerful foundation for achievement.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jeff Mann
The message we want to send is that energetic, innovative, and collaborative teaching is alive and well in middle-level classrooms. And the secret weapon is teamwork. Three award-winning teachers discuss the components of what makes a highly functioning and successful middle school team. Learning to work with different team members, developing core beliefs, and establishing common classroom procedures are just some of the topics covered. The authors maintain that building teacher and student relationships is the most important factor in student success, and this topic is discussed in depth. The book then delves into curriculum. Interdisciplinary study and teaching is defined, dissected, and discussed. A discussion on reflective teaching concludes the book. Here the authors touch on how to evaluate lessons and offer strategies to determine if they were effective. This well-organized, highly readable book is a great place to start for middle school teams looking to become more effective. It is divided into short and simple chapters and is peppered with real-life scenarios and examples. Particularly honest sections about lessons that did not work lend authenticity and set this book apart from the many teaching theory books. The authors make it clear that "everyday doesn't sparkle" in their classrooms. Implementing and emulating their focus, passion, and organization could certainly make more days than not sparkle in middle school classrooms. This book will be useful for any newly formed middle school team or veteran ones looking for more purpose and focus. Reviewer: Jeff Mann
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571107114
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/19/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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