Tools for Schools, November/December 2005, Vol. 9, No. 2
Transform your group into a team
By Joan Richardson
A professional learning community craze is sweeping the country. School after school is setting aside time for teachers to meet in grade-level groups or subject-area teams. PLC time is noted on calendars that parents hang on refrigerator doors. Students start school later or leave school earlier so teachers have time to meet with colleagues.
This activity will enable a group to develop a set of operating norms or ground rules. In existing groups, anonymity will help ensure that everyone is able to express their ideas freely. That is the reason for suggesting that the facilitator provide pens or pencils and ask that everyone use the same type of writing implement.
Questionnaire: Which stage is your team in?
To identify the present stage of the teamwork model that your team is presently operating in.
Resources for Team development