Building a Team of Teachers: Why does it matter?
Strong Teams within a school are essential to retain and sustain teachers. Teachers feel supported and encouraged when in a team. It motivates them because they feel connected to their colleagues. They also describe feeling that they belong to a team and fulfilling a mission together. The emotions that are activated in this kind of a context are those which keep us engaged in a difficult endeavor for a long time.
Also, when a team is effective, then people begin to learn from each other. They inspire and challenge each other. You might have read countless number of articles that stress the importance of teachers forming a group and sharing ideas and discussing strategies on how to handle classes.
But what make a good team?
A clear purpose
It is not enough to just say that we are a team. A purpose should be known to every member, even without mentioning it. For example, we have come together as a team to support each other, learn from each other, and identify ways we can better meet the needs of our students. What matters is everyone knows why they are in a group and are happy to contribute.
There is so much to learn in education. In an effective team, learning can happen in a safe environment. They are free to make mistakes, discuss reviews and strategies, take risks and ask questions. The important thing is an contain opportunities for learning with and from each other.
Trust each other
This means that when there's the inevitable conflict, it's managed. People know each other, listen to each other. There are agreements about how to treat each other and engage with each other and monitor these agreements. There's also someone such as a facilitator who ensures that this is a safe space.
A good team
There's someone or a rotation of people who steer the ship. This ensures that there's the kind of intentionality, planning, and facilitation in the moment that's essential for a team to be high functioning.
This article is inspired and contains examples from Edutopia website. Read the original here.