Team Teaching for Professional Development

Team teaching, with two teachers teaching a single class, is a great professional development tool. Teachers can learn from each other as they work with the same group of students. There are many different ways to structure team teaching:

1.  One teacher, one observer.  In this method, one of the two teachers watches the class. This teacher gathers data about how the class went, which students were responding well and which weren't, class attention and any number of other criteria. After the class, both teachers review the observation notes. These notes are used to adapt future lessons to better serve the students.
2.  One teacher, one assistant.  In this method, one teacher takes the role of instructor while the second teacher circulates through the class and gives students one-on-one assistance. This approach is particularly useful in a class with a number of weaker students who need individual instruction.
3.  Parallel teaching.  In parallel teaching, both teachers cover the same material at the same time but they each take half of the students and use half of the room. This allows for more direct interaction between students and teachers. It also allows for each group to move at a pace that suits the students. One group can be advanced and one group can be less advanced.
4.  Station teaching.  In station teaching, each teacher takes a portion of the class material and sets up a station. Students are split up into groups and the groups rotate through the stations. This can optionally be complimented with a third station for self study.

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