According to the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher (2009), teacher’s spend an average of 93 percent of their time working by themselves. In order for education reform to stick, there has to be a strong foundation made of teachers teaming together for the same changes and supporting each other for the climb out of this education slump. Education reform is about advancement, and the only way to advance is to look to the future. A survey conducted by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, found education reform might lead to a brighter future if teachers follow these six learning-team principles:
Shared Values and Goals
Strong Leadership Support
There are many plans for education reform and none of them can happen over night. The beauty of using this six-principle system is that it is based off a simple, human-skill that we all already have in us: teamwork.
Article: Learning Teams and the Future of Teaching
Learning is no longer preparation for the job, it is the job. In a world in which information expands exponentially, today’s students are active participants in an ever-expanding network of learning environments. They must learn to be knowledge navigators, seeking and finding information from multiple sources, evaluating it, making sense of it, and understanding how to collaborate with their peers to turn information into knowledge, and knowledge into action.
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