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Consultation, Collaboration, and

By Chelsea Johnston, Morgan Pedford, Richard Romo, and Joanna Trujillo

National University
ITL 602
Group Member Introduction
My name is Morgan Pedford, I My name is Joanna Trujillo. I’m
live in San Jose, California. I from Santa Paula, California and
am seeking a Multiple Subject I’m working on getting a Multiple
Credential so that I may Subject Credential. I was inspired
become a great inspired to teach by both of my parents
teacher. In my free time I love who are also both teachers.
playing with my daughters, During my free time I enjoy
cooking, playing soccer and writing, horseback riding and
building things. hanging out with my dog.

“The mediocre teacher tells. “A teacher is never a giver of

The good teacher explains. truth; he is a guide, a pointer to
The superior teacher the truth that each student must
demonstrates. The great find for himself.” - Bruce Lee
teacher inspires.” – William
Arthur Ward
Group Member Introduction
My name is Richard Romo Jr. I live My name is Chelsea
in Indio, California. I am seeking my Johnston. I live in Temecula,
Single Subject Credential in California. I am currently
Kinesiology. My goal is to serve as a seeking my Multiple Subject
source of motivation and and a Credential to ultimately
positive role model for my students, become an inspired
peers, and to the community. In my fifth-grade teacher. My in
freetime I enjoy spending time with free time I enjoy traveling,
my family, close friends, cooking, cooking, and hiking.
coaching sports, and working out.
“Education is the most
“Leadership is defined not by powerful weapon which
what you accomplish, but by what you can use to change the
you inspire others to world.” - Nelson Mandela
accomplish.” - Unknown Source
Benefits of Teacher Collaboration
Builds expertise: Teachers who work together to figure out information become
better informed on the subject matter.

Teachers become more effective teachers: The more a teacher learns about
specific subject matters, the better prepared they are to teach lessons.

More resources: Every teacher does their own research or creates their own
activities. Collaboration allows for sharing of those resources.

Consistent lessons: If all the teachers in the same grade level are on the same
lesson, even if assignments are different, students can still get help from friends in
other classrooms as well as students in their own class.

More inclusion: If there is a student with special needs, teacher collaboration

allows teachers to bounce ideas off each other which allows them to come up with
ways to include these students in all activities.
Collaboration has the potential to enhance students’ learning
and their social skills.
● Provides opportunities to work with people from different cultures, race,
religion, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
● It builds trust.

● Actively engages the student’s learning ability.

● Increases student confidence.

● It teaches the value of communication.

Developing Social Skills in the Classroom
As an educator, we may find ourselves dealing with an abundance of
conflicts, emotional outbursts and a variety of other inappropriate classroom
behaviors. On any given day in the classroom, incidental teaching moments may
occur and that is when we must capitalize on the opportunity. For example, a
student who is blind may have difficulty in initiating conversation, if they are
unaware of who is nearby. As a result, a student may choose to remain socially
passive rather than risk embarrassment (Bishop, 1996). I feel it is a very
important “teachable” moment. It can be used to help students learn how to be
sociable and interact with one another in collaborative settings. Such as, by
encouraging peers to inform the student with a vision impairment that they are in
the area. This is also important because the student might not be aware of their
presence. Another example, one might entail providing suggestions to the student
on topics they could talk about within the group. The greater benefits of social
skills instruction is that you can improve both the academic and social
functioning of individual students and improve the interpersonal climate of the
classroom for all students (Siperstein & Rickards, 2004).
How to Create a Collaborative Classroom
● Promote effective communication among students, parents, and teachers

● Teach the art of listening within the classroom

● The inspired educator should model what is expected within the classroom

● Educate them on the power of group brain work

● Encourage questions to be asked and teach skills on asking good questions

● Teach students the art of negotiation

The Importance of Student Collaboration
● When students have the opportunity to
collaborate they are able to think more deeply
and creatively. They are given the platform to
develop a more empathetic environment for
others’ perspectives.

● Students will be able to learn from their

mistakes, at worst groups will be off task and
pushed into awkward silences or arguments
and frustrations may arise. The way that
students handle these instances is a very
important aspect of learning how to implement
the art of collaboration into real life

(Sparks, 2017)
Barriers to Collaboration
● Personality conflicts between students, parents, and educators

● Lack of resources to allow for seamless collaboration

● Differences in philosophy & methodology

● Work/effort required to learn a new approach

● Managing and working with all needs of children

● Patience of all students and the educator

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2. Bishop, V. E. (1996). Teaching visually impaired children (2nd Ed). Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas.

3. Siperstein, G. N. & Rickards, E. P. (2004). Promoting social success: A curriculum for children with special needs.
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