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Team Meetings

Page history last edited by Jess Ledbetter 4 years, 9 months ago

Every leader might have different procedures and ideas about team meetings. Most importantly, as the team leader you SHOULD be having team meetings. Informal "team chats" serve a different purpose than more formal, scheduled meetings weekly or biweekly. Finding time for scheduling can be challenging, but you can be creative. Below are some examples from teachers talking about how they do team meetings.

 

Jess Ledbetter

    Since we do not have any thirty minute time periods together without students, my team splits a weekly agenda into daily ten minute meetings with specific topics. We brainstormed these four content areas together and decided on these four areas: Strategies (Mondays), Team Stuff (Tuesdays), Bigger Picture (Thursdays), and Celebrations (Fridays). Over the course of the week, we discuss the same content that I would otherwise discuss at a weekly meeting.

    On Mondays, we talk about strategies that are working for students and new strategies that are needed. We use this time to problem-solve new behaviors or decide on strategies to promote student progress. On Tuesdays, we talk about team stuff like our procedures or new ideas to improve our team effectiveness. On Thursdays, we talk about bigger picture topics, such as upcoming events and holidays. During this time, I share important notes with my team or we develop plans to respond to upcoming events or issues. On Fridays, we talk about celebrations. We celebrate student accomplishments, good news from staff, and other good news about our school. Of course, this is a flexible agenda and we modify as needed if something more important comes up for conversation. However, I swear by team meetings and protect them carefully. They have made a huge difference for my team since I started them in 2014-15. I find that we are more resilient when change comes our way, and we work together more effectively with positive attitudes. Though finding time is a challenge, I will continue to make this time happen each year in my classroom!

 

Getting Started with Team Meetings?

If it feels funny to suddenly start having team meetings out of the blue, consider having an entry event like a team-building game or creating a vision board. Below is an example of a vision board that my team created at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. I used the question prompt: "What does Extreme Team Leadership mean to us as a team?" Here is the result:

 

 

 

Developing the Agenda

There are many ways to develop the agenda, and your solution should work for your team. You might consider some of the following options:

(1) Develop a set agenda of topics for every meeting with an open sharing time at the end.

(2) Keep track of important agenda items in a binder or notebook where various team members can add ideas.

(3) Have a running agenda on your white board in your classroom (watch out for confidentiality issues though). Below is an example:

 


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