Making the most of collaborative time in schools – Part 1

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Teachers being given time to collaborate on matters pertaining to student learning is crucial to improving schools. While elementary / primary schools may often find it easier to schedule collaborative time, in comparison to secondary divisions, owing to the horizontal organisation of teaching teams, teachers still raise not having enough time to collaborate as one of the factors holding them back from being able to improve student learning outcomes. On the flip-side, when time is given, it is not always used effectively. Teachers can often get bogged down with administrative matters and the essential conversations about student learning do not happen as much as one would like. Further to this, I have seen some teaching teams abandon their use of collaborative time in order to work on their own. This often comes from individual needs overriding those of the collective, or the team not quite knowing what they should meet…

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