New #atplc Resource: Tasks Teams Tackle Document

One of the questions that I get asked all the time when I’m working with schools and districts that are functioning as professional learning communities is, “We get that we are supposed to ‘collaborate,’ but what exactly does that MEAN?  What does collaboration look like in action?”

The simple answer to that question is that collaborative teams spend their time working together to answer four questions for every unit in their curriculum:

  1. What do we want our students to know and be able to do?
  2. How are we going to assess the progress that our students are making at mastering the skills and content that we’ve identified as essential?
  3. What will we do to intervene on behalf of students who haven’t mastered the skills and content that we’ve identified as essential?
  4. What will we do for students who have mastered the skills and content that we’ve identified as essential before our teaching even begins?

To help learning teams better understand their work, I’ve developed a quick checklist of tasks that teams tackle when they are working on each of the four key questions.  

Check it out here:

Handout – Tasks Teams Tackle

What I love about using this document is that almost every team can find something that they are ALREADY doing, something that they are READY TO START doing, and something that they’d NEVER CONSIDERED doing.  The result:  Teams that walk away feeling better about the work they’ve done and excited about the work they are about to do.

So what do YOU think?  Is this a handout that you’d consider using with teams?  

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2 comments

  1. Craig

    Fantastic, thank you so much. We’ve recently been talking about ways to help PLCs self-assess.

    • Bill Ferriter

      Glad that it helped, Craig!

      I’ve used this document with a ton of teams and they dig the fact that it challenges them to consider new practices that they may not have even thought to tackle before.

      I’d love to hear how it works for your teams if they decide to use it too.

      Rock on,
      Bill