Tagged: Collaboration

“Your message is only as good as your ability to share it.”

When watching this video, titled The Value of Data Visualization, it was this final statement that stood out to me: “Your message is only as good as your ability to share it.”

Throughout all aspects of my life, it has always been important for me that things look nice. From graphic organizers for students to my own wedding invitations, I am a very meticulous creator. 

For the past four years, I have been teaching in a way that is unique to most. I have often struggled to succinctly explain what it is I do exactly. I have found this especially difficult in conversations with friends and family back home who lack context around how education is evolving.

“You work with 88 students in one room? Sounds like a free for all…” 

“You work with 4 other teachers all the time? How does that even work?”

So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to create an infographic to help me with those conversations in the future. I believe this tool could be beneficial not only for myself, but for others as well. My colleagues, the school’s leadership team, admissions team, and marketing team could all use this tool when sharing our collaborative model with others. 

Grade 5 at ISD – Collaborative Teaching Model, by Caitlin Howald
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65 students. 4 teachers. 1 flexible learning environment.

Collaboration is my reality. Day in and day out. We plan collaboratively. We teach collaboratively. So developing these skills in our students has become a huge focus of ours over the years.

Going into this year, as a team of 4 teachers, we were feeling a little underwhelmed. For three of us, this was our fourth year working together in a collaborative teaching model, and our third year in the space. We knew we wanted to change things up a bit. 

We are lucky to have a beautifully designed learning environment – designed by FNI and completed in August 2017. When finished, the designers put everything where they felt it was supposed to be, and it has just sort of stayed “in its spot” since then. 

So, to start this year…we did this…

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