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Collaborative Teaming: Chapter 3 Learning Teamwork Skills

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Janney, R. & Snell, M.E. (2010). Collaborative teaming: chapter 3 learning teamwork skills. Baltimore, MD, Paul H. Brooks Publishing. This chapter was about the different elements and skills that can help make collaborative teams work. The authors mention listening, communications, establishing shared values, setting ground rules, defining roles, establishing a schedule, conducting meetings, making decisions, and sharing information as skills that create positive collaborative teaming. For each of the skills the authors then discuss the signs of trouble for each. The role of the administrator is to help the team reflect on the process to make sure that any trouble signs are caught ahead of time and to see what changes could be made to…show more content…
A lot of this information were things that I tried to use when I was in charge of meetings as a teacher and a coach. I am not a big fan of meeting for the sake of meeting. I need to see a defined purpose and love to have an agenda that gets followed because I value the precious nature of time. For the previous six years, I was the parish council chair for St. Anthony Church. I created the agenda for our monthly meetings and made sure that the priest followed the time schedule. I even talked him out of meeting when he had nothing on the agenda and thought we could meet just to meet. Keeping a schedule seems to be the logical step within the meeting structure. That being said, my previous principal like to just meet and see what happens. In-service was him going on and on about topics that only he knew about and never had a strong focus. I think collaborative meeting will work so much smoother if core team members remember to stay on task and follow the agenda. I like the aspect of at the meeting trying to outline the goals for the next meeting so everyone understands the items that need to be taken care of or thought about in
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