ERIC Number: ED449148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Camel-Makers: Building Effective Teacher Teams Together. A Modern Fable for Educators.
Kain, Daniel L.
This book presents a modern fable for middle school teachers. It is a fanciful account of finding and sharing the "Jamal papers," the minutes of that first committee thousands of years ago in which a camel was created by reconstituting a horse. The tale provides a way to bring front and center such concerns as team isolation, personality conflicts, and lack of leadership. The 10 chapters are: (1) "Discovery of a Priceless Document: A New Look at Teams"; (2) "'What's This Thing Supposed To Do?': Teaming for a Purpose"; (3) "'Does She Always Have to Have the Last Word?': Developing Team Norms"; (4) "Melchuzar to the Rescue!: Team Leadership"; (5) "'I've Got a Great Idea. We'll Use a Hump!': Team Dialogues"; (6) "'That's Not the Way Horses Gallop!': Freeing Teams from Constraints"; (7) "'One Hump or Two?': Conflict on Teams"; (8) "'They're Laughing at Our Horse!': Teams and Boundary Relations"; (9) "'It's Not a Horse. It's a Camel!': Celebrating Team Accomplishments"; and (10) "Jamal Anticipators: A Bibliography." (Contains 71 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Cooperative Planning, Fables, Leadership, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Teamwork
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.