A recent post focused on helping our students collaborate effectively with their peers in our classes. That got us thinking: What are our own best practices for collaborating about teaching and learning with each other as instructors?
Do we practice what we teach? Do we give ourselves the opportunity to engage in some informal professional development by getting together with our own colleagues to collaborate on teaching methods or on subject matters we might share across classes or programs?
One of the huge benefits of working on this blog is that I get to collaborate routinely with Janine on generating story ideas, finding leads and writing the posts. It's productive and informative – we usually have something new and interesting to offer each other about teaching as we're working – and it's fun. To ensure that we actually have this time every week, we have a standing 30-minute meeting every Monday. Sometimes it's just over the phone, other times we meet in person. But, regardless, we hold that time open to ensure that we do genuinely collaborate on Faculty Fridays.
Do you have similar opportunities in your area of teaching? If yes, tell us about them. If no, what one thing could you do to incorporate some productive collaboration into your work? By the way, reading and commenting on the blog is collaboration, too. Do you have ideas for how FF could support that collaboration beyond the blog?
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