Characteristics and aspects of team teaching


Q. Characteristics and aspects of team teaching

(a)  Role Differentiation: In team teaching, more than two teachers assume different roles to function effectively.

A teacher has to function as a

(i)   Diagnostician: Able to analyze the conditions affecting student’s learning and to determine the causes of failure.

(ii)  Facilitator: Able to use group dynamics, independent study to facilitate learning.

(iii) Technician: Able to judge the success of teaching and to observe changes in behavior. In addition, sometimes a teacher has to function as a guide or strategist and as a decision-maker.

(b) Regrouping of students: Generally, a class size varies from 35 to 55 students. In team teaching, students of two to three classes are regrouped together thus putting 100 to 120 „students together at a time, students can also be grouped on basis of subjects.

(c)  Rescheduling of time: In team teaching, there is a small group of teachers imparting instructions to a large group of students. Under such situation schedule is rearranged as per need of the subject. It cannot function on the pattern of regular classes going on in a school.

(d) Redesign of teaching space: Generally, classroom or uniform size have been the accepted school pattern. Since, the group of students is large the space needs of m, working team are different than those of the regular classes. For large groups of students, there will be a need of large rooms.

(e)  Common time for planning: It is evident that us operative planning is the foundation of effective team teaching, if the team members want to use varied methods to teaching, if they make use of audio-visual aids, if they arrange content and teaching strategies together or warn to do an effective evaluation. There will be a need of common time for all team members to plan. This is of great significance.

(f)  Integration of learning in meaningful way: The team structure offers opportunities for reflective and creative work. Here teachers can arrange learning in a meaningful way. In this approach, teachers of different talent are grouped together and they integrate this talent to organize learning in an effective manner.

(g)  Development of resource centers: In a school, resource centers are established for small group studies.

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