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Teaching: A Team Approach I

magine a doctor operating on a patient all alone with no scalpel or nurse to assist him; no anesthetist, no one monitoring the patient’s progress or suggesting where to place pressure on a leaking artery. Working alone makes no more sense in the teaching profession than it does in the medical profession.

Teaching is a team endeavor. And where it is not, it certainly should be. Given the complexities of education today and the high stakes of educating students, teachers cannot continue to operate in a vacuum, creating “silo thinking,” isolated and apart from the whole. Doing so short-changes the talents of educators who otherwise beneft greatly from the coaching, support, feedback, and collabora-tion of other professionals.

The Plight of Education Blamed on Teachers

Teachers are professionals in an increasingly complex and changing environment, as are most

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