Team Teaching: An Innovative Approach to Secondary Education
Team Teaching: What is it?
-An innovative approach to pedagogy in which two teachers conduct a class together as a team. A typical team might consist of one experienced teacher and one young teacher, or one foreign volunteer and one local counterpart.
Helps integrate new teachers into the department
Strengthens working relationships
Enables teachers from different backgrounds to exchange ideas
Allows experienced teachers to mentor younger teachers
Reduces disciplinary issues in the classroom
Allows each teacher to do what they do best
In the event one of the teachers is a foreign volunteer:
Inserts a native English speaker into the classroom
Provides students with a new cultural perspective
Local teachers can translate directions and important information that students might not otherwise understand (especially younger learners)
Volunteers improve their language proficiency
Local teachers improve their English proficiency
Requires more planning and cooperation than a normal lesson
Always the risk that one member of the team does less work than the other (or that one person tries to dominate the other)
May expose disagreements when it comes to teaching style/methodology
One teacher has to accommodate another teacher in his or her classroom and make the necessary adjustments
Be honest with one another
Take time to get to know one another on a personal level
Balance the workload
Appreciate what each one of you does the best
Agree to disagree
Critical Thinking Activities for the Classroom
Name/Adjective Combinations: ask students to come up with an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name and also describes their personality. This is a great warm-up activity for beginners.
Word Jumbles: write a series of random letters on the chalkboard and ask students to write down as many words as they can. This is also a great way to review new vocabulary.
Chain Stories: begin a story and have each students add on a new sentence or two. Each new section must relate to the previous one, making one continuous story.
Riddles/Logic Puzzles: puzzles or riddles that challenge students to think and problem-solve. For example: “A man rides into town on Friday and leaves town two days later on Friday. How can this be?” Answer: his horse is named Friday.
Ordering: tell your students to organize themselves into a line based on their date of birth (from the youngest to the oldest). Tell them that they can only speak English during the exercise. This will encourage them to work together as a team and think logically.
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