Team teaching, what’s that?
Technically, this is when teachers work together with equal responsibilities concerning classroom management, planning, teaching, and assessing.
This semester I’ve had the awesome opportunity to work with a colleague in a team teach situation. This happened just by chance. Our normal class sizes are 45-50 students per class, but somehow our 5th-period class rosters were really low. She was scheduled 11 students and I was scheduled 20 students. We thought this would be a great time to learn from each other and give our students the best of each of us.
This is Leslie!
She is the wonderful educator I have the pleasure of working with this year during 5th period. She brings a totally different viewpoint and strengths to physical education than I have. She truly sees each child as individual, wants to make sure every student succeeds, and brings a perspective to teaching that a lot of our students have.
We knew from the beginning that it would take a lot of communication and give and take on both our parts. We’ve both been teaching for a long time and are not used to sharing students and lessons. True team teaching is hard work, but truly a learning experience for both us and the students.
It’s obvious the more effort you put into planning, deciding who’s teaching what, the better the lesson and learning will be. We have had some lessons that we planned way in advanced and other lessons that were planned an hour before the class.
What we called a lot of communication wasn’t enough. We could tell from facial expressions, body language, and amount of talking when one of us wasn’t happy with what was going on.
I know from my side of the team, I have to get out of the way a little more. I don’t know everything and there are areas where Leslie is a lot stronger and I need to let her go so the students can benefit.
I know that there have been times when I’ve been a little too pushy and I need to listen better.
For second semester we are going to do our best to plan together better. We know with better planning more learning will take place. For both the students and us.
I’ve also been thinking about trying to team teach with our other teaching partner. I think it would be a great experience for us all.
Have you ever been in a team teaching situation? How did it go? What strategies did you have in place to make sure that there was equal planning, teaching, and assessing?
We really want to hear your thoughts!
Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!