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Guidance Department

Q & A's on Team Meetings




1. What is the philosophy behind teaming?
Teams are the organizational structure that creates opportunities for a group of teachers to work with a common set of students, allowing for collaboration among teachers, integration of the curriculum, and coordination of activities to best promote learning for every child. Each team is designed as a learning community within the larger middle school. These
groups allow for greater flexibility in grouping, scheduling, and staffing and reduce student isolation.


2. Why is teaming better for middle school students?

Teams create a social and academic climate that promotes developmentally appropriate activities for adolescents with a core area group of teachers. A team has been compared to a small neighborhood in a big city, enabling educators and adolescents to interact daily. This allows teachers to better meet the needs of teams of students as a whole as well as their individual needs.


3. How are teams of teachers and students created?

The building administration assigns teachers to teams based on their areas of specialization. Core area teachers serving on the team also consult with support staff, such as the learning support and special area teachers as well as the grade-level guidance counselor, when appropriate. Incoming students are randomly mixed to create heterogeneous groups, giving them an opportunity to maintain old friendships and meet a variety of new students as well.


4. What decisions about my child’s academic and social life in the middle school are made at the team level?

Your child’s team teachers meet regularly to discuss team issues and plan academic activities to enhance his or her middle school experience. Teams set common goals, monitor individual student progress, coordinate communication with parents, plan curriculum integrations, coordinate homework, and plan special team activities.


5. How can I get involved on my son or daughter’s team?

Team teachers usually meet on need basis. If you have concerns about your child and want to convene a team meeting, please discuss the situation with your child’s counselor.

 

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