Teams

All the children have been placed on an interdisciplinary team. Teams are made up of four academic teachers from several content areas who share the responsibility for planning instructional program for a group of students.  A typical team includes a mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science teacher who work with between ninety and one hundred students. The theory behind this type of team is to promote communication, coordination, and cooperation among subject matter specialists. This should provide students the benefit from instruction planned by specialists, but lacking the fragmentation which is typical of most departmentalized plans. Here again is the goal of Marshall Simonds to avoid a “subject-centered” high school type program.

Team planning is the main idea behind organizing teaching teams. Each team will have time during every school day to plan their team’s program.  It will not be necessary  to provide the same number of minutes for each subject each day. The team will have the opportunity to schedule the time for their students, which may vary each day. Teams will also have time to discuss individual students, meet with parents, counselors, and other specialists to refine their programs to better meet the needs of their youngsters.

This type of staff organization allows teachers to take a more active role in planning, scheduling, grouping, and guidance for the students on their team.

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