Collaboration in Teaching and Learning
Towards the end of 2015, teachers at Parua Bay School were involved in Professional Learning Development relating to being more collaborative in their approach to teaching and learning at school. This training incorporated some challenging discussions and some reflective thinking. As a result, all teachers are trialing some new strategies in 2016 to to include more “collaborative” practice in their teaching. Collaboration in teaching in practical terms can mean any of the following:
Teams of teachers planning their themes, units and lessons together
Mixed sets of students across Year groups catering for individual needs of the students
Using teachers’ specific skills for the benefit of all students
Teams of teachers evaluating and reflecting critically on their teaching and planning
Parents and community members were invited into school at the end of 2015 and at the beginning of 2016 for information evenings to discuss what “Collaboration” would look like at Parua Bay School. From the discussion and training undertaken at the end of 2015, the staff divided themselves into collaborative teams of teachers and this would be the structure for the school in 2016:
Years 0-2 – Team Manu (Carolyn Henwood, Caroline Wilson, Donna Chapman, Melissa Aarson, Amanda Askew, Kylie Aubrey)
Year 3 & 4 – The Force (Helen Smith, Marian Chubb, Barbie Reynolds, Samantha McNeight)
Years 5 & 6 - The Hub (Deanna Uttley, Rai Shortland, Jeremy Hamilton)
Years 7 & 8 – The Seniors (Ange Vette, Lynfa Harris, Christian Reynolds, Renay Brown)
Parua Bay School has devoted one of its three Annual Goals towards successfully implementing a collaborative model of teaching and learning within the school. Therefore, collaborative teams are meeting regularly to discuss planning, progress made, errors made that can be learned from, data analysis, successful strategies. As a staff we are evaluating the “collaborative” model at the end of each term, and this is being reported to the Board of Trustees.
If you would like to understand more about “Collaboration” in teaching and learning there are several readings in the “Communication” Section at the top under the “Readings / Notices” tab.