During a skit portraying a meeting of algebra teachers, an example was provided of how working in teams benefits teachers and their students. The skit showed a principal showing concern over a student requesting withdrawal from algebra, and questions the teachers about grading systems, getting them to address the problem together.

Working in Teams Benefits Teachers and Their StudentsThe outcome of the skit was that the grading system was more about the student’s behavior, and not about his understanding of algebra. The principal suggested that teachers re evaluate the grading system, moving from assigning zero to those who dont turn in assignments to requiring all students to complete all the work.

The skit was part of a meeting of the Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute, which was attended by more than 1000 educators. The event was organized by Solution Tree, a Bloomington Indiana company.

True professional learning communities involve teams of educators who work together toward a common goal, says Richard DuFour, a seasoned public school educator who is a leading architect of Professional Learning Communities at Work. Also, each independent member of the team is accountable for the common goal. DuFour and his wife, Rebecca, have worked to change school culture so that teachers work interdependently rather than independently to teach students and make decisions about curriculum and teaching.

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