1. Collaborative Planning
This is a no-brainer. Too many teachers get caught up in the trap of creating their own resources when others have already created ones that they could use. One way to avoid this is by deciding which parts of the course that you will resource and who will resource the other areas. This way (providing that everyone pulls their weight), a broad and deep course can become much more manageable and will take much less time to plan for.
When planning collaboratively, you should take care to establish a common set of standards for the resources, so that no matter whose resources are used, students are guaranteed consistency of quality (and so that no teacher has to work harder than a similar colleague, unless of course, they’ve agreed to do so).
Standards you might want to discuss with colleagues include:
- Technical vocabulary list
- Key figures, scholars, theories, quotes, formulae, etc
- The format of resources used (presentations, worksheets, online content, wider reading, homework)
- Assessment tasks, mark schemes, success criteria, etc
- Permissions to edit resources
- Potential enrichment activities such as trips, guest speakers, clubs and competitions
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