Collaborative projects can be employed by teachers to drive engagement across subjects in schools.
This is because in the process of brainstorming, they can learn from one another and share so many great ideas, resources and learning opportunities while keeping them on the same page in terms of not over-assigning homework each night or scheduling tests on the same day.
Collaborative projects also help students make connections across subjects, pass a common message across classrooms, and show students that their teachers know what they’re learning in other classes.
Below are four simple steps you can take for effective collaboration with other teachers on projects.
Get a collaborative partner
When you come up with a project idea for your classroom, you can reach out to another teacher that you feel has a wealth of experience in that aspect and share the idea with them in a bid to make it a collaborative effort across content areas.
You’d be surprised at the positive result of having a team member who is as invested as you are in the project.
Funding is a great resource when it comes to collaborative projects irrespective of whether they are huge or little.
This is because it will cost money to execute them — from small projects like building a mini water fountain to huge projects like hot air balloons.
When you get a collaborative partner, create a budget and submit to the school for a grant application.
When it is approved, you can use the fund to get the resources that you need to execute your project.
Share ideas with your team
So, you already know what project you want to carry out. The next thing to do will be to share the idea with the rest of the team to find out how you could all connect it to other content areas.
At meetings, your team could brainstorm on ways to connect the project with various subjects in the creative and scientific areas — building/creating, scientific enquiry, arts, etc.
You all can look for ways to combine these and come up with the best project implementation.
For most collaborative projects, it takes more than one meeting to have them all planned out because ideas for these projects evolve over time.
As plans change and projects evolve, always update your team. As new ideas come in, incorporate them into the project plan until it gets to the point when it is cohesive and can be fully implemented.
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