Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce or create something. We know it’s key to success in any industry, but it plays a pivotal role in education. In Primary Sources, more than 20,000 teachers share insights on how they connect with peers and families.
We found that teachers collaborate in and outside of school to best serve their students. Finding the time for collaboration can be challenging (it’s the second most-cited challenge in daily work), and 51% of teachers report not having enough time for this important aspect of the teaching profession.
Inside school walls, teachers spend time engaging in a variety of activities:
- Exchanging/sharing resources and lesson plans (76%)
- Learning from each other’s successes and challenges (68%)
- Discussing how to best meet the needs of individual students (68%)
- Reviewing student data (66%)
- Sharing my own challenges to gain my colleagues’ input and advice (62%)
- Planning units of study across subject areas (52%)
Technology, including educational and social media websites, enables teachers to collaborate with others they wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to collaborate with. I was fascinated to see YouTube cited as the website most used by teachers for professional purposes (used by 76% of teachers). See the graphic below for the other websites. Do any surprise you?