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Reflect on Collaborative Teaching and Learning

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Author: Trisha Fyfe
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Welcome, I'm Tricia Fyfe. And today I'm going to be exploring the topic with you, reflect on collaborative teaching and learning. As we learn more about this topic, we will work towards one main learning objective. The goal of this tutorial is to answer the question, what is the importance of reflecting on collaborative teaching and learning?

We've learned so much about the collaborative teaching and learning environment, and that it's essential for us as teachers to reflect on the true impact of this environment in your classroom. So how can we reflect on collaborative teaching and learning? An excellent reflection tool for finding the impact and value of collaborative learning in your classroom is Marzano's Teacher Evaluation Framework, specifically domain three, which is reflecting on teaching. This domain encompasses elements 50 through 52, 50 identifying areas the pedagogical strength and weakness, which is where you as a teacher reflect on the areas of pedagogical strengths in your teaching and your classroom and the weaknesses that you may have in this area, 51, evaluating the effectiveness of individual units and lessons as they currently exist, as well as how proficiency based instruction might enhance them, and 52, evaluating the effectiveness of specific pedagogical strategies and behaviors as they currently exist, as well as how proficiency based instructional will enhance these.

You're sure to see many positive impacts as you work through these guiding key elements of Marzano. So what benefits might you see as a teacher using, as well as reflecting on, collaborative teaching and learning in your classroom? You might say that it creates a stronger social support system within your classroom, where students communicate and collaborate more efficiently.

It enhances self management skills, so your students are independently working and self-directed learners. It creates an environment where students are actively learning. And they are involved in learning in a way where they are exploring. It uses a team approach to problem solving, while also maintaining individual accountability, so your students learn how to think critically and work in groups, but also are accountable for their own individual actions. It develops higher level thinking skills within your students. And it helps students to really take their learning and their understanding and apply it to real world, where they practice modeling societal and work related roles.

These are just a few of the many, many reasons to use collaborative teaching and learning in your classroom. Not only should you use it, but try using Marzano's Teacher Evaluation Framework, specifically that domain three, elements 50, 51, and 52. So let's review what we learned today.

We covered the question, what is the importance of reflecting on collaborative teaching and learning? I walked you through the use of Marzano's teacher evaluation model, specifically domain three, reflecting on teaching which encompasses those elements 50, 51, and 52. We also talked about the many benefits of collaborative teaching and learning, and reflecting on that collaborative teaching and learning, so that you can better yourself as a teacher.

Now that you're more familiar with this reflection tool, as well as the many benefits of reflecting on as well as using collaborating teaching and learning, let's apply these ideas by reflecting on the question, who can you collaborate with as you reflect on the impacts of collaborative teaching and learning in your classroom?

Thanks for joining me today as we discussed the lesson, reflect on collaborative teaching and learning. I hope you found value in this video lesson and its elements, and are able to apply these ideas and resources to your very own teaching. To dive a little deeper and learn how to apply this information, be sure to check out the additional resources section associated with this video. This is where you'll find links targeted toward helping you discover more ways to apply this course material.

Notes on “Reflect on Collaborative Teaching and Learning”

Overview

(00:00- 00:28) Introduction/Objectives

(00:29- 01:35) Collaboration and Marzano

(01:36- 02:52) Benefits of Collaboration

(02:53- 03:19) Recap

(03:20- 04:05) Reflection 

Additional Resources

Collaborative Teaching: Reflections and Lessons Learned

This article walks through the reflection of two student teachers whose team taught an educational psychology course for pre-service teachers.
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/collaborative-teaching-reflections-and-lessons-learned/#sthash.gFVUQj7O.dpuf