Acollaboratively taught class is where a team of teachers workstogether to achieve a common objective for the class which in thiscase is teaching(Kaplan).It is an exciting experience for the teachers where they have to planon how to interact with the students and impact knowledge withoutcontradicting each other but rather fostering a partnership toachieve their set goals. The students also get the opportunity toconnect and interact with two minds with diverse personalities asthey instruct them in class. It offers an opportunity for thestudents to more attention from the teachers as compared to oneteacher trying to provide one to one tutoring during class sessions.The teachers also get the chance to brainstorm ideas to be able toeffectively and innovatively deliver their lessons. This on the, onthe other hand, gives the students a chance to learn and observe howto work together. It positively influences their peer to peerinteraction, a very important skill in their lives as they grow.
However,collaborative teaching can be quite challenging for teachers that donot share the same teaching philosophies. One of the partners has tobe willing to compromise on their method of teaching to ensure thatthey succeed in their teaching partnership. Nonetheless, this is notusually the case and there is often instances where teacherscontradict each other and this can be quite overwhelming for thestudents. They can get confused in the process and this obviouslyaffects their interest for collaborative lessons and in some casestheir performance. It can also affect their willingness to work ingroups or partnerships in future owing to what they observe fromtheir collaboratively taught lessons.
Kaplan,Marisa. "Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges And Rewards".Edutopia.Web. 13 Apr. 2017.
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