Cohesion, collaboration and transparency are words we hear all the time in education. It’s what we strive for, what we aim to achieve at a school; however, for teachers, it’s very easy to get caught up in our personal little bubble worlds. We tend to limit our thinking to that of students in our classroom setting only because they are with us on a daily basis for a year; we forget that their learning journey started prior to their arrival in our classrooms, that it extends beyond our classroom walls to specialist subject areas, and that it will continue once they leave our bubble. But it does, which is why cohesion, collaboration and transparency at a school are stressed so often. It isn’t about us as individual educators, it is about the students and each one being viewed as part of “our” school and not “my class.”
What would it look like if cohesion, collaboration and transparency did exist at your school? Teachers would be aware of the curriculum across the entire school and not be limited solely to their grade level or subject area. Teachers would communicate with those outside their grade levels and subject areas to see where the connections exist. A consistent philosophy and clear method of teaching would be in place. Specialist subject areas would relate to what was happening in the mainstream classrooms so that, for example, a child sitting in their Modern Foreign Language class would be able to make the links between what they were being taught and what they were learning in their mainstream subjects. A learner’s transition from grade to grade, subject to subject, class to class would be as fluid and continuous as the waves in an ocean.
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