Planning Collaboratively: Before, During & After PLC; Buzzing with Ms. B: Ep. 7
I walked into a room full of teachers and I was ready to rock-and-roll! I had ideas. I had a lesson plan format. I had mapped out exactly how this is going to go based on what you know the district expects. Sounds great right? I was prepared! (I even had snacks.)
This might not come as a surprise to you, but that is not how it went down. When you are walking into a collaboration session with teachers and you’re not speaking the same language, even the best-laid plans fall apart.
I know from personal experience. This is exactly what happened to me my second week at a new school. I began dreading PLC days and I had to force myself to go to work on Tuesdays…at first. You can hear how I turned it around by listening to Episode 7 of Buzzing with Ms. B.
If any of this sounds familiar, I’m sorry. Facilitating a PLC gone wrong is so uncomfortable and stressful! But never fear – because I have some great tips to help you collaborate with teachers that are super effective. This is a simple before, during, and after method that will make your PLCs productive and purposeful. (And you’ll stop dreading them, too.)
Before the planning session
Let’s start with what you need to do before this meeting. First and foremost, make sure everyone is prepared! If teachers are walking in and saying, “Oh right! We’re talking about fiction today!” that is not a good sign!
You also need to be prepared. Have a some extra ideas and resources just in case they’re needed. You never know when a teacher is going to ask you about something new they can try. There are many ways you can make sure you and your teachers are prepared when they walk in, so make sure you listen to the full episode to find out how.
During the session
Now that you know where you’re headed, what’s next? During the meeting you want to make sure everyone is on the same page and shared their content knowledge. You can do this by talking about the “Top Five” things teachers need to know about the content they’re going to be teaching. Learn more about the “Top Five” approach as well as how your planning session should look by listening to Buzzing with Ms. B Episode 7.
After the session
Finally, make sure everyone gets the notes. Whether you set up a rotation or have a designated note-taker, make sure someone (not you) is sending out what you talked about with enough time for people to prepare for their own classroom lessons.
Collaborating with teachers can be scary (especially if they aren’t friendlies), but coming in prepared, having a solid meeting structure, and some great follow up can make it one of the best tools in your coaching arsenal. Tune into Buzzing with Ms. B Episode 7 to get the full scoop. Happy Coaching!
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