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Setting the Standard for Collaborative Teaching, Grades 5-9

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In 2006 three middle school teachers from Louisiana became the first team to win the national "Teacher of the Year" prize at the annual Disney Teacher Awards. Now, through their new book, Monique Wild, Amanda Mayeaux, and Kathryn Edmonds are ready to share their successful approach with others.

TeamWork: Setting the Standard for Collaborative Teaching, Grades 5–9 is full of captivating stories and insightful conversations. "The teamers" provide an honest and richly detailed explanation of collaborative teaching in action. They deliver the straight scoop on teaming, offering insights on these and other key topics:

  • how to shape a shared purpose for learning by mining the talents of students and colleagues;
  • how to build strong partnerships with parents, principals, and other key people who influence the lives of young adolescents;
  • how to deepen curriculum integration by "cutting the fluff."

This insider's guide to teaming reveals the conversations, the conflicts, and the collegial sharing that enables teachers to collaborate so that every member of the team can meet the highest standards of professional practice. For new teachers and seasoned veterans alike, TeamWork provides a powerful foundation for achievement.

About the Author(s)

Kathryn became a teacher because, as a child, she moved around a lot with her family and her teachers at new schools always helped with the transition. "My teachers were usually the first smiling faces I met.

Amanda Mayeaux is a teacher to the core. "When I interact with students and see their excitement about learning, I can't imagine doing anything else," she says.

Monique Wild, a seventeen-year veteran of teaching, is a National Board Certified Teacher and is currently a master teacher in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, where she coordinates professional development for teachers at Donaldsonville High School.

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Part I: Strong Relationships
Chapter 1: Learning to Work with Colleagues
Chapter 2: Show Them How Much You Care
Chapter 3: Let's Get Acquainted
Chapter 4: Creating a Culture of Achievement
Part II: Connected Content
Chapter 5: Cutting the Fluff
Chapter 6: Unifying the Curriculum
Chapter 7: "Everything Is Related"
Part III: Reflective Teaching
Chapter 8: Looking in the Mirror
Chapter 9: Catch Them Before They Fall
Chapter 10: Final Thoughts

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Media: 192 pp/paper
Year: 2008
Foreword Author: Foreword by Jack Berckemeyer
Item No: WEB-0711
ISBN: 978-157110-711-4
Grade Range: 5-9