Brookfield (2006) empathizes that students and instructors have different learning needs, racial traditions, personality types, talents and experiences. These differences can create barriers when establishing bonds with each other. To overcome this issue we can introduce “Team Teaching”.
“Team teaching” is basically using two of more instructors to deliver the content. This method can be done as a group, or individually where instructors are assigned specific roles. Having this extra support in the classroom, will increase the chances of students-instructor bonding. It easier to create this connection, as there’s a wider range of character in the classroom.
As teachers we bring different skills and handicaps to the table. Some instructors prefer answering questions and giving instructions, where others like lecturing and student interaction. Having a solid team brings diversity in the classroom. Each member can apply their strongest skills to maximizing student-Instructor relationships.
Team teaching requires all members to be involved with planning, conducting, and evaluating activities. This will take extra time and energy compared to “solo” teaching, as these decisions have to be approved by colleagues rather than by oneself. It’s also not the most cost effective method especially when several instructors are involved. But students enjoy the energy created by “Team Teaching”. It allows them to work with other instructors, and experience a wide range of skills.
Do you think team teaching would benefit your classroom?
Brookfield, S. D. (2006) The Skillful Teacher. On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA