“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie
My new role as the ARI Reading Specialist at my school requires team planning with all 5 of our third grade teachers. The third grade is an important focus group this year. Every leader “Begins With the End in Mind.” Our end in mind this year is to improve third grade ACT Aspire scores by at least 10%. This is our third grade team vision and our organizational objective. We are using Google Drive to enable us to team plan in our quest to attain uncommon results! I have gone gaga for Google!
What does Google Drive enable us to do?
Google Drive allows us to design lesson plans and then share with other team members. Each lesson plan is designed using our DES Universal Planning and Curriculum Guide. This guide is the basic lesson plan for each reading lesson. Once the Google Doc is shared, team members can make modifications to meet the specific learning needs of their unique classes.
One of our areas of focus this year is to improve student mastery of the Integration of Knowledge and Ideas standards. I am able to create specific materials to supplement our reading program and share these resources will all of our teachers with just one click.
I could go on and on about the many uses of Google Drive. I even use it to create presentations for data meetings and professional development sessions. If you are not using Google Drive, check it out. It is a great resources for educators!