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1 Pros and Cons of Team Teaching

2 Presenters Shawn Jensen ELL Instructor Karla Sampselle MA Instructor

3 RISE / Career Launch Combing basic education/soft skills with a trade Involves – Team teaching – Contextualized curriculum – Creating pathways to facilitate and target high risk students.

4 Goals of RISE Expand Wisconsin’s skilled work force and help low income workers secure good jobs and careers by increasing the number of adults who earn postsecondary credentials in high demand occupations.

5 Team Teaching Models of Team Teaching Classic Cooperative Integrated Parallel Distinctive Monitoring teacher The course content will primarily drive the model of teaching you will use.

6 Classic Team Teaching Content instructor presents the new information Co-instructor assists Welding instructor introduces new welding symbols used in Blueprint Reading. The co-instructor writes the information up on the board and monitors the students to make sure they are following along.

7 Classic Team Teaching Pros Allows the content instructor to deliver and focus on instruction without interruption Cons Does not make full use of both instructors Can establish a lower level of respect for the assisting instructor

8 Cooperative Teaching Instructors teach new materials at the same time Instructors model the learning plan by having a prepared or spontaneous discussion about the topic in front of the students Used primarily for group work Both instructors engage in conversation about the importance of being to work on time. Each instructor contributes their own personal experiences to the discussion.

9 Cooperative Teaching Pros Models a respectful working relationship between adults Allows both instructors to provide their prospective on the topic Promotes respect for both instructors Cons Requires a level of comfort between instructors that cannot be faked Requires coordination and planning that may be time- consuming

10 Integrated Team Teaching One instructor teaches the content Co-instructor provides follow up activities Welding instructor teaches about welding safety. The BE/ELL instructor works with the students to create a poster to present to the class. Students are able to reinforce their welding safety instruction while improving their speaking skills at the same time.

11 Integrated Team Teaching Pros Each instructor showcases their specialty Students improve remedial skills and practice new skills simultaneously Instructors try new activities they may not have tried before Cons Requires coordination between instructors that may be time consuming

12 Parallel Instruction The class is divided into two groups and each instructor teaches the same content to each group of students. The class is given a scenario concerning work ethics: “Your supervisor requests that you dispose of a toxic substance after work in a landfill. He explains that the company does not have a permit to dispose of this substance.” One group focuses on what will happen if they follow the supervisor’s request and the other group on what will happen if they do not follow the request. The groups then come together to discuss the ethical responsibilities and consequences of each option.

13 Parallel Instruction Pros Provides for smaller groups and more individual attention Allows for greater control of behavioral problems or problems between students Cons Requires collaborative planning Requires good timing Each instructor must be equally strong in the lesson being taught

14 Distinctive Class Split Divide the class up by levels of learning and provide instruction as needed Divide class up and match stronger students up with students that need more assistance Divide the students into strong learners and learners who need more assistance. One instructor works with the strong learners to teach more advanced skills while the other instructor reviews and reinforces concepts to students who need more assistance.

15 Distinctive Class Split Pros Provides differentiation opportunities Provides remediation or enrichment for students who need it Smaller groups provide more individual attention Cons May reduce a student’s exposure to ABE/ELL curriculum May “label” students by continually grouping them together Reduces the value of inclusion by separating students based on needs.

16 Monitoring Teacher Content expert teaches all course content ABE/ELL instructor monitors the students’ understanding and comprehension of material and key vocabulary.

17 Monitoring Teacher Pros Minimal coordination required when planning Allows for delivery of quality instruction without interruptions May conceal weaknesses if co-instructor is not as strong on the particular subject being taught Cons Doesn’t fully utilize each instructor’s specialty Can create behavior/authority problems for the observing instructor if done regularly Can create animosity between instructors if teaching model used is not a mutual decision

18 Contextualized Curriculum Course content is not “watered down” Preparation time is essential Teaching the course more than once helps to contextualize the curriculum

19 Example of Contextualized Curriculum Human Body – Content instructor assigns paper on a specific disease Writing Skills (ELL) – ELL instructor supports activity by providing writing instruction including sentence format, grammar, and developing a 5 part essay

20 Example of Contextualized Curriculum Human Body Business Office Administration – The readability of the textbooks continually increases, topping out at a 12 th grade reading level – Focus is placed in the initial course on reading and how to read a textbook Content Reading Skills (ELL) – NOVOS

21 ELL Reading Guide (NOVOS) Name: Chapter: Write the new vocabulary words in the beginning of the chapter Write the objectives (things you want to learn) in this chapter Highlight the new vocabulary words in the chapter in yellow Read and highlight the objectives in the chapter in pink Pick a chart of table from the book and construct it in your own words. Be creative! Copyright 2010 Jensen NWTC

22 Example of Contextualized Curriculum Certified Nursing Assistant ELL instruction is at the beginning of the class *Proactive* – Go over Chapter worksheets – Students read out loud and work on comprehension and fluency – New vocabulary cards are made – Test taking and time management skills are introduced

23 Example of Contextualized Curriculum Medical Terminology Content instructor assigns list of terms for pronunciation ELL instructor works with student to identify and practice specific vowel and consonant sounds within the terms zygote (zi gōt ) candidiasis (kan dĭ - di ə - sis )

24 Challenges of RISE/Team Teaching Expense Prep Time Finding where each instructor “fits” Contextualizing the curriculum Rapport between co-teachers Flexibility

25 Challenges of RISE/Team Teaching Barriers for high risk students No GED, unable to obtain employment Scheduling Administration buy in

26 Success of the Program Increase in confidence levels in the students Increase in reading skills Portions of the 509 HSED are completed Life long learning skills Graduation Jobs Instant referral process

27 MAs at the Heart Walk

28 Welder’s Graduation

29 MA/HCSR Graduation

30 Golden Rules of Team Teaching Thou shall plan everything with they neighbor. Thou shall attend thy neighbor’s lecture. Thou shall refer to they neighbor’s ideas. Thou shall model debate with thy neighbor. Thou shall have something to say even thou art not in charge. Thou shall apply common grading standards. Thou shall attend all staff meetings. Thou shall ask open questions. Thou shall let students speak. Thou shall be willing to be surprised. Leavitt, Melissa C. (2006). Team teaching: benefits and challenges. Speaking of teaching, 16 (1). Retrieved from


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