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It's always refreshing to hear from innovative, uninhibited professionals who take their job seriously and are passionate about making themselves better practitioners. Good on you for opening yourselves up to a level of professional realization and awareness that we do not see nearly enough of in teaching.

Kindergarten teacher from MN

Team teaching can be great if

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Team teaching can be great if you work with the right person and if both of you make the effort to make it work. A few years ago, I had the chance to work with a wonderful TA.  She complemented my teaching. She reinforced everything we learned and she always knew exactly what I was going to do or how I was going to act. I think this is what team teaching is all about. You work together so that you know and anticipate what the other is going to do. You should have a similar philosophy of education and agree on classroom management systems, teaching styles, etc. It is better if you can develop a good relationship with your partner. But, if you can't, you have to remember that your partner is another human being and deserves a chance to be heard.
I did some team teaching with student teachers before and that was a great experience as well. We planned together and each of us had a role in the lesson. Like with the TA,  we anticipated each other's thoughts and actions. We were supportive and never against each other so that the children would always see a "united front". It is so important, especially  in the domain of classroom management. 
Before teaching in elementary, I taught some adult evening classes. One time I was asked to team teach a class and I did not like this experience because the other woman I was teaching with totally dominated the lesson. I think it gave the students the idea that she was the primary teacher when she was not.  There shouldn't be any relationship of dominance in team teaching. Regarding being observed, I must confess that it is not on my list of priorities. If need be, I would prefer being observed by a person who knows me, my teaching style, and my grade level. If the person is not aware of certain aspects of my work, how can this person give me constructive feedback that I can use further in my career? Video taping myself remains last on my list since, like many, I do not like seeing myself on TV!

elementary ed teacher

Work Together

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Team teaching can be a tricky endeavor. I have found that if teachers do not work together collaboratively every step of the way, one can actually end up with worse results than if he or she was alone. Students can get confused. They will look to one teacher over the other to play a dominant role in their instruction. It is up to the teachers to map out how the process of instruction is going to be carried out. Sometimes adminstrators and parents will also favor one teacher over the other if one teacher becomes too domineering. Team teaching calls for equal partnership and equal planning.

Preschool Teacher

Great Ideas

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Work with a partner is not easy, many of us have much fear of criticism or comments but we must learn to career in our ongoing learning and a good way of learning in education is to work together in pairs or group to hear different opinions and ideas is a practical way to learn.
Our career has many responsibilities and we have to keep an open mind making good teamwork we ensure our students learn well and we also actually create a Professional Learning Communities.

Graduate student

This is an excellent blog. I

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This is an excellent blog. I enjoyed the video and the comments. I really like the team concept in teaching. Team work is stressed in sports, corporations, rganizations.,and teachers teach the importance of team work to their students all the time. Yet, I have not heard of this type of team work among teachers teaching one another, as presented here. I noted several advantages of teachers partnering to improve one another’s skills, as well as the students. I have often times used video cameras to record my students in various activities, but I have never thought of having someone to use one to help me improve my performance. As Rose mentioned in the video, being videoed forces you to do more because you are aware that the camera is there. The use of the video camera could also be an excellent tool for a teacher to critique him or herself, but the input and feedback of an honest colleague is priceless, as it has been presented in this blog – thank you.

Graduate student

This is an excellent blog.

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This is an excellent blog.

Graduate Student

I really enjoyed this

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I really enjoyed this posting. I am currently a graduate student of education and I have never had a class of my own. Other than student teaching, I am a complete novice, so I try to acquire as much information as possible on every aspect of teaching. One thing I have constantly overlooked, however, is the idea of team teaching. I was in high school not too long ago, myself, and in fact, I remember that my favorite class was actually taught by two separate teachers. It was an AP class called American Studies, which encompassed both the history of the United States, as well as the art and literature of the nation throughout the years. It was a two period class which a history teacher taught one half of the class each day and an English/Literature teacher taught the other half. Looking back at the class today, I realize what a feat it must have been for them to coordinate their lessons every single day. When we learned the history of a particular battle of the Civil War, for example, we examined poetry, art and music which dealt with that particular battle during the second half of the class. They had to coordinate pacing guides, lesson plans and every other aspect of their teaching to make the class work, and they succeeded. This video and blog showed me the impact that team teachers of the same subject can have on each other. They can not only learn from each others' mistakes, but as they mentioned in the video clip, they even challenge each other to become better teachers. This is the kind of teacher I want to be, never complacent, and always challenging myself to be the best I can be.

Secondary Special Education Teacher from Indiana

Suggestions

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I am a special education teacher, and I often go into the general education classroom with my students (classes with 8+ SPED students)to provide additional support, and in some classes team teach (depending on the teacher). My question is what are some effective ways to encourage teachers to be more accepting of a special education teacher team teaching in the middle and high school classroom? Additionally, what are some effective methods that are being used when team teaching, especially in the math classroom (pre-algebra, algebra 1)?

I teach history at Iolani school in Honolulu.

Happy to trade emails (or you

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Happy to trade emails (or you can find me on Facebook) with anyone thinking of going down the team teaching road. Email me at josh@reppun.com - I live in Honolulu.

I teach history at Iolani school in Honolulu.

I team teach United States

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I team teach United States history with a friend who happens to be the department chair. This past year we taught two sections together, squeezing our 15 kids each into one room (most of the time). It was a challenge, but incredibly rewarding. We will do it again next year and hopefully create a similar video record. Our websites can be accessed at www.joshreppun.com (to see my partner's website click on his "Motter" icon. Assignments are posted on his side. Podcasts of course lectures, and other tools are on my side.

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