I had my first experience of team teaching today, and I really enjoyed it (I hope Flo did too!)
Due to the (planned!) demands of Monday morning placement testing, Flo and I each had 6 Elementary level students, with only one classroom. The groups were merged and we taught them together. Unfortunately, we didn’t have chance to sit down and plan together as Flo was on holiday the week before and the class started at 9am. Never fear though – my PLN came to our rescue! Thanks to Cecilia Coelho‘s excellent ideas for the first day of school we had an easily planned complete lesson. We chose to do the ‘profile’ activity as Flo was meeting her students for the first time, and I didn’t know them either.
We followed Ceci’s plan, then extended it by having the students write a written bio. As a final step they wrote two statements under each text. The other students then read the bios and decided if the statements were true or false.
In terms of team teaching, I lead the activities with Flo supporting, since I knew some of the group already. It was useful to have somebody who knew what we were doing to demonstrate activities with. It was also great when all 12 students were writing and I didn’t have to answer every call of ‘teacher’! Although I wouldn’t want to team teach all the time, it was an interesting experience and definitely something I’d be happy to try again 🙂