- Author: Northern Nevada Writing Project
- Grade Range: K-12
- Media: 120 pp/paper
- ISBN: 978-157110-040-7
- Item No.: WEB-0040
Team teaching is a strategy that has been around for years, but creating teams-whether in response to district expectations or as a way of dealing with changes in teaching practice-needs careful thought in order to succeed. While teaming means the partners must reconfigure much of their teaching lives, it can be done successfully, as this book affirms. Chock-full of ideas and insights, Team Teachingdiscusses the social and personal implications of teaming, illuminating the process with first-person vignettes taken from the journals classroom teachers kept to record their experiences.
Based on their own stories and those of their colleagues/informants the authors discuss:
how and why team teaching succeeds and how elementary school teams differ from teams in middle and secondary schools;
how to get started- defining partners' roles, achieving consistency, sharing space and materials, adjusting schedules, and adapting curriculum;
the upside - what team teaching can do for you, your colleagues, your students, your school;
and the downside -what to do when a team doesn't succeed;
the bigger picture- how principals see team teaching and how students and parents respond to it.
a checklist of team teacher issues;
a parent survey on teaming;
materials for questions and discussion groups about team teaching.
Whether you have been part of a team for years, are just starting, or are an administrator who wants to know more about teaming from the inside you will learn a great deal from the insights of this group of Nevada teacher-researchers.