Students know they have a valuable identity on the team, creating in their house and in our school a family-like atmosphere for each child that promotes self-esteem and positive social interaction.
Students have teachers who are subject specialists, but there is coordination of the different subject areas in an interdisciplinary program, which allows students to see how their learning in school relates to the real world.
Interdisciplinary units and activities can be developed by the teachers to meet the needs and interests of the students.
Teachers can better focus on the needs of each student through a team effort.
Homework assignments, test grades, and extra-help sessions can be coordinated to enable students to best organize their study time and efforts.
Skills can be better taught when integrated throughout all the disciplines.
Team planning periods can be used for pupil and parent conferences as well as for coordination of instruction.
A discipline code for the entire team can be established and implemented cooperatively.
A common set of rules, procedures, and expectations can be established, helping the students to better plan and organize their work and to be more productive.
Special activities, field trips, interdisciplinary displays, community and service activities, and other events can be scheduled to enhance interdisciplinary instruction and to build team spirit.