Establishing relationships is an essential part in building collaborative group work. Throughout the last two years, I have been fortunate enough to become a Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME) Coach. This position allows me to meet with educators and administrators to discuss how formative assessment affects student learning in classrooms and how formative assessment is being used in classrooms.
While facilitating these meetings, I try to keep in mind the needs and thoughts of all involved in the group. Reinforcing that our meetings are safe and all dialogue is welcome when it comes to reviewing what is being implemented in classrooms is key to creating thoughtful discussions.
My background in meeting facilitation and coaching conversations stems from the the Thinking Collaborative training series. Two training that have affected how I work with others and listen to others are Adaptive Schools and Cognitive Coaching.
Adaptive Schools works with school leaders in organizing, maintaining and supporting groups in dialogue and discussion.
Cognitive Coaching provides tools to engage in conversations and thoughtful direction.
For more on Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools check out the Thinking Collaboratively Website