Over the past few years some departments at the Academy have begun to implement co-teaching. Co-teaching involves more than one instructor teaching a class. This can take many forms, ranging from a 50-50 partnership in which both teachers plan and teach all classes together, to arrangements where instructors independently teach different parts of a course and may never set foot in the class at the same time. As you might imagine, each configuration has inherent challenges and benefits. In this tip, we’ll focus on some of the benefits of co-teaching, and look at ways instructors who are not co-teaching can achieve similar benefits by collaborating with colleagues.
Sharing a context
Co-teachers work with the same students, in the same space. They may teach at the same time of day, or even at the very same time. Even if they don’t, they can compare perceptions and troubleshoot challenges with someone who knows the situation and players well.
Observing and learning from each other
Co-teachers may have opportunities to see one another in action. This can expose them to techniques they might not otherwise see or try, and help them gain insights about ways to increase their own effectiveness as an instructor.
If you and your co-teacher don’t overlap, or if you don’t have a co-teacher:
Diversifying the student experience
Having more than one instructor exposes students to various perspectives, sets of expertise and personalities. Some students might mesh better with one teacher than another. All students will benefit from multiple perspectives on their work and a broader understanding of the field.
If you don’t have a co-teacher:
If you are officially sharing a class with someone else, here are some ways to maximize the experience for you, your co-teachers, and your students.