Great teams do things extremely well! I am excited about the 2014-15 school year. On campus this year, I have implemented weekly grade level meetings. We have always had grade level meetings but this year we are having them weekly instead of every other week. I have a few new teachers in each grade level plus a new math program. I snapped a few pictures of a meeting I attended on Friday morning. Just fyi: Our meetings are held before the bell rings each morning. Class begins at 8:00 and our meetings begin at 7:30.
Meetings are held in a classroom and facilitated by the grade level leaders. The purpose of the meeting is to have colleagues plan and discuss instructional content. As principal, I attend the meetings and I’m present to answer any questions or assist in any way. These meetings are a great time for the grade level teams to collaborate and discuss. Many teachers can feel isolated from their colleagues. Building relationships and coming together regularly can help teachers feel bonded.