Aug 1, 2003
Teachers and Teaching
This article describes a comprehensive model of professional collaboration that developed in an inner-city community school as teachers and administrators sought to address the needs of their economically disadvantaged students. Two certified teachers in each classroom (the basic team) share all teaching and planning responsibilities for their students and consult with the extended team of administrators, parents and colleagues at all grade levels to create an enriched, integrated curriculum. Our teachers find pervasive collaboration and continual self-reflection to be professionally rewarding. However, working in teams challenges professional relationships and requires new approaches in teaching, planning and organizing teaching practice. Communicating openly, taking risks, planning, and scheduling are a few of the collaborative processes developed and presented here.