Co-Teaching Support Model
I greatly enjoy the many different opportunities for collaboration with colleagues. The most challenging, yet also the most rewarding, has been the opportunity to work with the co-teaching model.
I have co-taught Grade 7 and 8 Science and Grade 9 English with three different teachers. Perhaps not so unexpectedly, the differences in subject matter and personalities of the content area teacher has meant each experience has been a little different. What has remained the same has been the commitment to work together to compliment each other's strengths and areas of expertise, as well as an openness and enthusiasm to learn from the other.
There are certainly logistical challenges, and it requires strong organization and planning. Whichever of the many models are used in any given lesson, though, the positive outcome for the students makes it more than worth the extra work.