Different Styles, Different Impacts Advantages and Challenges

.Team Teaching… • is a process and it takes time for a relationship to develop between teachers. • offers rewards to both teachers and students.

Team Teachers share responsibility both in and out of the classroom Planning Assessing Teaching .

• have an opportunity to improve their teaching skills and expand their teaching portfolios • learn how to share responsibility for lessons Team Teachers… • enhance each other’s creativity • share the work load. which makes it easier to teach and help students • become part of a collaborative to plan. observe.Team Teaching benefits educators Both teachers…. learn. reflect and grow .

. time. knowledge. Volunteers bring different perspectives and energy.Team Teaching provides significant advantages for your students Students benefit because… • they learn from two teachers rather than one • there is twice as much expertise. energy and teaching strengths in the classroom • they can see new dimensions of the language and practice the language in new ways Host teachers bring a full understanding of the culture and education system.

THE 5 TEAM TEACHING MODELS Features Advantages & Challenges .

Both present content and guide learning activities. Advantages • focus on learners to identify their strengths/weaknesses • observe the teaching style of teammate Challenges • requires careful planning to coordinate the content and timing of lessons .Traditional Team Teaching Teachers share class time.

Advantages • Requires less joint planning time. • Provides opportunity for one teacher to circulate and assess students’ level of understanding. Challenges • Circulating teacher might get distracted or feel less engaged • Students might become dependent and wait for individual help • Requires planning to assure that supplementary activities and materials are aligned with the content and skill level of the lesson . • Can offer timely individualized assistance for some students.Supportive One teacher teaches the majority of the content and the other provides supplementary activities and learner support.

one group may finish more quickly .Parallel Instruction Teachers divide class and each one teaches the same lesson with ½ of the class Advantages • Lower teacher-student ratio • Teachers work with different level students separately Challenges • Both teachers must be knowledgeable and confident in teaching the content and skills • Need to prepare materials at 2 levels of difficult • Classroom may become very noisy • Timing issues .

(Note: Consider switching groups to avoid favoritism) Advantages • Lower teacher-student ratio • Each teacher adapts instruction for group level • Reduces inequality among students.Differentiated Split Class The teachers divide the class and each teacher works with one group of students. all students are provided appropriate instructional support Challenges • Groups doing different tasks can be distracting • Additional preparation time for materials/activities • Risk of labeling groups “high” or “low” .

Advantages • Accommodates students who don’t learn at the same rate as others • Offers teachers an opportunity to help students who have been absent or to work with a few students on special Challenges • Might stigmatize students who receive special instruction • Need to clarify teachers’ roles so that neither one is not viewed as an assistant .Monitoring Teacher One teacher teaches the lesson while the other circulates to monitor students and to assist those who need special attention.

don’t give up and don’t worry. What does this mean? Simply. thoughtful. It should be a careful. It is going to take time. gradual process that continues to grow over time. .Words of wisdom… Team teaching isn’t something that you can just start doing tomorrow. and no one does it perfectly.

Team Teaching is rewarding. but requires effort & commitment Key words to remember: • Communication • Dedication • Respect .

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