|Rebecca Levi and Levi Comstock team-teaching at CLCS|
If I could wish anything for a new initiative, it would be a team-teaching model, especially in those critical start-up years. Here's why:
- Your weakness may be the other teacher's strength. Together you create better lessons, while learning from one another.
- Together you build common language, consistent school culture and expectations. Students need to know the boundaries. If rules and expectations change each time students move to a new classroom, they'll spend their time trying to figure out the rules by testing them, instead of focusing on the music. This is often the cause of misbehavior. Team-teaching helps cut down on this chance of inconsistency among staff.
- You are willing to take risks and try new strategies when you have support from another colleague.
- You hold each other accountable for the success of the lesson by planning ahead together and establishing your roles.
- You can reflect on lesson delivery more thoroughly when you have the benefit of two different perspectives.
- You can have eyes in the back of your head! Your colleague can catch what you may have missed.
- You can attend to misbehavior without having to disrupt the flow of the class. Your colleague can often prevent the issue by proximity and by attending to it early on.
- You are modeling teamwork for your students, an important skill for them to see adults doing.
|Mrs. Peters' class benefits from three teachers: Mrs. Peters, Mr. Xia & Miss Heagy|
|Nikki Shorts and Brandon Brack at YOLA at HOLA, where team-teaching is part of its culture|