Week 4

To Tea or Not To Tea!!

In 2014 I moved to Doha, Qatar to gain additional skills in my profession. Being an instrumentation technician/designer for 16 years I figured it was time to “spark up” the career and become an instructor. This was a difficult decision considering I didn’t like attending school or public speaking. But I figured it was time to stand-up and fight my fears.

Within a few months of “fumbling around”, I attended a few courses. E.g.; Instructional Skills Workshop, Technical and Further Education, Develop a Curriculum etc. These courses helped me build confidence as both an instructor and student. The more experience and training I received the better I improved.

After I completed my first year of teaching, I decided it was time to advance my own skills in education. So I enrolled myself into the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma Program (PIDP) at Vancouver Community College. This was a huge step for me to take as it wasn’t my “cup of tea”. I was excited and scared at the same time. So far it has truly been an amazing experience. I learned many new strategies, theories, skills, and tools that helped me gain success in the classroom.

I’m not sure where I will go, or what I will do in the future.  My plan is to complete my contract here at CNA-Q and wait for the next opportunity to arise. This could be another contract with the college or somewhere else, doing something different. But I do know that I will continue improving my hard and soft skills, by challenging myself to learn something new every day.

Team Teaching

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?

Reference

Brookfield, S. D. (2006) The Skillful Teacher. On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA