Collaborative teaching (for teachers) Creating professional learning communities among teachers in the benefit of the student
8-12 March 2021, Berlin, Germany
About the course
This course is for teachers and head teachers who are in the process of implementing, developing or improving the teamwork of teachers or collaborative teaching practice. We strongly encourage more teachers from the same school/ institute to participate together.
Collaborative teaching involves two or more teachers working together to lead, instruct and/ or mentor groups of students, focusing on the 21st century key competences (such as collaboration, creative and innovative thinking, critical thinking and communication), and often working cross disciplinary. Collaborative teaching/ professional learning communities among teachers can enhance students’ performance and well being. Through collaboration teachers develop themselves, their own teaching practice and their common approaches to go beyond traditional subjects and to deal better with classes or students in difficulties. Professional learning communities is about building a reflective and innovative practice, where teachers constantly inquire into the aims of their work, their success criteria and whether the effects of their actions are in accordance with their intentions.
The course will give you new inspiration for working, learning and innovating in teams to enhance students’ learning. We will look at clarifying the goals of collaborative teaching, and how to get beyond single subjects and towards the 21st century key competences through collaborative practice. How to de-privatize teaching practice, plan teaching programs collaboratively, give and receive constructive feedback and evaluate the outcome. Furthermore, we will look at meeting facilitation skills to ensure openness, trust and respect within the team, as well as a reflective focus on the students’ learning, that goes beyond coordination.
The course will give you…
An overview of the concept of collaborative teaching – the history of the concept and the evidence of its link to students’ performance
An insight into the social constructionist approach to learning and teamwork
An awareness of own and organizational goals in relation to to students’ learning
Knowledge of ways to de-privatize teaching
New ideas of going beyond own subject and include 21st century key competences in teaching
Team meeting facilitation skills – structuring the dialogue, asking the right questions, using different perspectives constructively and planning follow up
The course fee for this four day course is 750 Euro, which can be almost fully covered by an Erasmus+ grant (plus travel and stay). Of course, our courses are open to anyone, also without Erasmus+ grants! Read more about this course here.