Sunday, March 25, 2012

Teamwork Rubric and 2 Linky Parties

Teacher Blogs...  I have been thinking about how spectacular it is that all of us can learn so much from each other online.  I am in a school where I am the only 2nd Grade Teacher.  I have found it invaluable to go blog-stalking.  Blogs are a great window into classrooms around the world.  You get to see all the amazing things that teachers doing in their classrooms, relate to their vignettes, and download tons of really useful resources.  It really does help one to work smarter and not harder, which is always one of my goals.

I wish there were teacher blogs when I started teaching!  Do you feel that way too?  Well, head on over  to the Linky Party  Michelle is holding at 123 Teach to share your teaching tips.  Or if you're a new teacher,  get ready to take notes!   She is hosting a Linky Party of teaching tips for new teachers.  She even provides a cute template for you to use.  Check it out!  See the link and my tips below. 



It really goes to show that blogs are re-defining the boundaries of teacher collaboration and teamwork.  So here's a resource related to teamwork for you.  I taught a unit on effective teamwork earlier in the year for our How We Organize Ourselves unit (an IB PYP Transdiciplinary Theme). Together,  my students and I co-created the rubric below to assess their final teamwork project. Can any of you use this in your classrooms?   I'd love to hear your comments!

Finally, where do I go blog stalking to tap into this virtual world of wonderful ideas?  Well, today I found a  a long list of over 200 blogs.  I can't wait to go through them all.  This K-2 Linky Party is hosted by Kindergarten Lifestyle.  Head on over, if you haven't seen it already. 



  1. The teacher tips linky party is a great idea--it should be compiled into a book for new teachers!! Thanks for sharing all of these. I think I'll check them out!

    1. Hi Angela,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. What a great idea!


  2. I found your blog through the linky:) Im your newest follower! I hope you'll stop by my blog and check out my me reach 100 followers!

  3. I'm now your newest follower! :) I don't know how I would do it without a team! Definitely a lot of blog stalking! :)

    Rowdy in Room 300

  4. Kate, I have been in your shoes - being the only teacher of your grade level. I did that my FIRST year of teaching. It made my first year so much more difficult. I feel for you. When I began teaching there wasn't blogs, either. Blogs would have been such a blessing. I love all the collaboration going on in cyber space, too.

    I love your team work rubric. Your expectations are realistic and are very clear. When you give students clear expectations, they rise to the challenge. Love it! Thanks for sharing.


  5. Thanks for joining my Teaching Tips Linky Party. I made a Pinterest Board called Teaching Tips and added your tips. You can check it out here:


  6. Kate, Do you know of any good blogs for grades 4,5,6? Also, what's a linky party?

  7. I'm so glad I found your blog today! I am your newest follower:) Stop by and visit me...

  8. Kate, I just found your blog through the K-2 Linky Party. It's so cool that you're teaching in Thailand! What languages do you speak? I would love to know how schools in Thailand are different from those in the USA. Possibly you could do a blog post about it?

    Since you have a 3-year-old, you might find some useful things on my blog. I'd love it if you could stop by.

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT


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