From Starr Gobtop, Adult Education Instructor, Team Teacher, Heartland Community College
Tell us about the relationship you have with your team teacher.
We had a very positive relationship. Both of us have years of experience and were able to teach together quite well. The ability to think on our feet in the classroom was a big help. When one of us was presenting the lesson, the other was able to focus on the students to see if any one needed extra help.
How do you work together on planning?
We met to go over the chapters that were coming up and decided which one of use would present the information. During the lesson, each of us would ask questions or clarify a statement or topic. The students seemed to be able to grasp the information a bit better.
How has each member enhanced the instruction?
Having 2 instructors in a classroom brings different ways to present the information to the students. When one teacher clarifies an idea, maybe stating it in a different way, students are able to understand the concept better.
How has each member aided the other member and the students in your program?
I learned a lot about the math topics that were covered in the class. With both of us, we were able to focus on those students who needed extra help in understanding the topics that were covered. The students got more one-on-one time with a teacher and that helped them understand and gain the knowledge that was needed.
What advice do you have for new teams of teachers?
Be patient and be willing to learn new ways of doing things. Discuss strengths and weaknesses before and during the semester. Keep on talking with each other and challenging each other to be better.