Working Collaboratively

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
Helen Keller
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
Henry Ford
“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
Charles Darwin

One of the most compelling aspects of being part of the Thinking Schools Network is the opportunity to help and learn from others. For Glenmoor and Winton the focus on working collegiately in collaborative networks takes many forms.

Focus 1: Collaboration in the classroom

One of the key aspects of our teaching and learning at Glenmoor and Winton is the focus on working collaboratively. We believe that whilst it is very important for students to develop independent skills and often work in silence applying knowledge and skills, it is also essential for students to construct knowledge through dialogic methods. There are a number of strategies that teachers and students use to develop these skills of interdependence.

Think-Pair-Share – click here for explanation and examples

Harkness Teaching Model – click here for video link

Socratic stems – click here for explanation and examples

Focus 2: Collaboration across different subject areas

One of the areas that we have worked hardest on and are most proud of, is the focus on sharing best practice across the two Academies. Secondary schools by nature are very disparate places where teachers can be isolated and trapped in “subject bubbles.” At Glenmoor and Winton we believe in the power of a collaborative model to drive individual and school improvement. This means an infrastructure that creates both time and opportunity to capture and share best practice. Below are a few of the ways in which we attempt to do this.

Monday Teaching and Learning Briefings – click here for explanation and examples

Wednesday Best Practice Briefings – click here for explanation and examples

Joint Practice Development – click here for explanation and examples

The Journey to Betterland – click here for explanation and examples

High Achievement, High Standards

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