The definitions of Team Teaching that we’ll be exploring in the following sections are: A group of two or more teachers working together to plan, conduct, and evaluate learning for the same group of learners. A working definition could be “Two or more instructors teaching the same students at the same time within the same classroom.”
Before moving ahead, take time as a team to discuss as honestly and openly as possible. Teaching teams are brought together in many different ways---some by choice and some by assignment. So, before continuing, explore your impressions and experiences with Team Teaching by referring to your own personal impressions as a student, a teacher, an observer and/or an administrator.
Now check your answers. Don’t be concerned if your answers don’t match – you’ll be working on each of these different models of Team Teaching in the sections to come.
Continue your discussion. Some team teaching experiences are excellent; others are not so positive. Talk about how you feel about team teaching, based on your personal experiences.
With your team teaching partner, talk about your strengths and weaknesses as an instructor. Do you excel at planning? Do you need work on communicating with others? Start evaluating the strengths your team possesses and where you predict you will need to spend more time building expertise.
If you haven’t already done so, please read Karin Goetz’s article, “Perspectives on Team Teaching” from the University of Calgary and eGallery and Rebecca Benoit and Bridget Haugh’s article, “Team Teaching Tips for Foreign Language Teachers” from The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. VII.
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John 3,16TEAM TEACHING How to use these models
Team TeachingIntroduction to Models ofTeam Teaching John 3,16
What is Team Teaching? Section 1: Introduction• Two or more teachers working together to plan, conduct, and evaluate the integrated outcomes, curriculum, learning activities, and assessments for the same group of learners.• Two or more instructors teaching the same students at the same time within the same classroom and sharing equal levels of responsibility. John 3,16
Activity: Discuss Section 1: Introduction Talk about your experiences with Working together. As a student As a teacher As an observer As an administrator John 3,16
Section 1: IntroductionSix Models of Team Teaching • Traditional Team Teaching • Collaborative Teaching • Complementary/Supportive Team Teaching • Parallel Instruction • Differentiated Split Class • Monitoring Teacher John 3,16
Now check:Traditional Team Teaching: Teachers actively share instruction to all students.Collaborative Teaching: Teachers exchange and discuss ideas and theories in front of the learners.Complementary/Supportive Team Teaching: One teacher teaches the content; the other provides follow-up activities.Parallel Instruction: Teachers teach the same material to different groups.Differentiated Split Class: Each teacher teaches a group based on their learning needs.Monitoring Teacher: One teacher instructs while the other monitors student understanding. John 3,16
Activity: Discuss What are your feelings about Team Teaching? Have your ever taught by using Team teaching? How have experiences been positive, negative, or mixed? Which model would you consider you could use? Why? John 3,16
Activity: DiscussIdentify your personal strengths and weaknesses as an instructor. Where will you and your team teaching partner need to spend your time? John 3,16
Next Steps Read two articles: Karin Goetz, “Perspectives on Team Teaching: A Semester I Independent Inquiry for Dr. Michele Jacobsen.” http://www.ucalgary.ca/~egallery/goetz.html Rebecca Benoit and Bridget Haugh, “Team Teaching Tips for Foreign Language Teachers.” http://iteslj.org/ John 3,16
This is an adaptation from:Washington State boardfor community andtechnical colleges. Teamteaching models John 3,16