My son (8) watched his first episode of the old Batman series and it got me thinking: teams matter.
In looking at the readings this week on 21st century learning and TPACK I am pleasantly surprised at the power of collaboration and teams. In several of the readings, researchers received quantitative and qualitative observations from pre-service teachers. In reflecting on my own time as a pre-service teachers, those were some of the most collaborative, team focused times during my career.
With many districts implementing Response to Intervention and participating in the High School flexibility project the power of the team that teachers work with is where we can get our most impactful insights. For example, at schools that have a culture of trust, to share their positive experiences and negative experiences of technology, pedagogy, or content, teachers can be open about what is working and what isn’t. In addition, in working teams, teachers can visit each other’s rooms, class trade, or share insights in PLCs on the different components of TPACK that they have been successful with and not successful with.
Teams are important and I have never been more sure that shared leadership is that way to success for the best education for our students. By finding opportunities to offer support (whether through collaborative sharing in staff meetings or PLCs) teachers can celebrate successes and offer insight as to what isn’t working.
Some questions that are lingering continue to be the expected technological competence that teachers are expected to have. What I mean by this observation is technology change itself. How can schools effectively train teachers in new software and technology during embedded PD opportunities to raise student learning? How can schools develop structures that teachers feel competent in new technologies? How can school divisions guarantee technology that doesn’t just change due to price, popularity, or availability?