Communication & Organizational Health

“When teachers are part of a team, they all have an equal stake — and share equally in the risks — when it comes to ensuring the success of their team and their students.”  -Marguerite McNeely

Developing Norms of Collaboration

Seven Norms of Collaboration

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“…organizations have been training the wrong people.  Instead of spending time and energy developing more skilled facilitators, he said, they should develop group members’ skills as the way to improve practice and success…When group members are knowledgeable and killed, anyone with simple knowledge of facilitation principles and moves can facilitate constructive group work…The seven norms serve as guides and benchmarks in groups.  As they become established within the working substrate, both veterans and newcomers, that this is the way we talk to each other around here…when one or two people in a meeting practice the norms, the behavior of other group members becomes more effective.”  -The Adaptive School
Norms Personal Reflection

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Norms Rating Group

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Modules for Effective Communication

Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers
After completing this course the learner will be able to: – Identify and correctly make use of the different functions which communication serves in the classroom; – Effectively use and understand verbal and non-verbal communication; – Identify and describe the four main participation structures that guide communication in ways expected by the class, including their advantages and disadvantages; – Use communication in the classroom to stimulate students’ thinking; – Identify the differences between how a teacher uses communication and how a student uses communication…

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Articles About Communication Skills

Communication for Co-Teaching:  Teacher Tools Related to Cooperative Teaching

Inspired by the medical-rounds model used by physicians, educators have pioneered a new form of professional learning known as instructional rounds networks. Through this process, educators develop a shared practice of observing, discussing, and analyzing learning and teaching. – Instructional...
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You will be sharing the note that one of you created titled “Reading Reflections”.  Only one of you will need to make this Note and share it.  If both of you have created this Note please decide who’s you will...
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This national report by Attendance Works found that chronic absenteeism is often the result of a student’s health problems, such as asthma and dental problems, and is often as prevalent among young children as it is among teenagers. At least...
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Over the summer the TSLP Leaders read What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker.  Leaders from two districts were paired together to read and reflect on chapters utilizing Evernote.  We saw huge success in the partnerships!  Read on to...
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As my teacher leaders are using Evernote Business to collaborate and talk as PLC’s across districts we have had to find a way to watch these interactions.  One way we do this is by having a shared note and within...
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Have no fear there is an easy way to restore the note you think is gone!  Restoring a note on Evernote is simple!   Here are two different situations you may find yourself in… First: You Find The Content of Your...
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This inspiring video was shared at the June #TSLPConference. Rita F. Pierson spent her entire life in or around the classroom, having followed both her parents and grandparents into a career as an educator. A professional educator since 1972, taught...
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