Team Teaching – Do you agree? What can be done with your ‘teammate’?
Team Teaching – Do you agree?
I’ve been teaching for nearly nine years as a Physical Educator and people who know me, know how much I love what I get to do every day. I started out at a brand new school as a graduate on my own, and yes there were days where I thought “how am I going to do this?” But let me tell you it was the best way to learn. During my first years of teaching I was lucky enough to team teach with a brilliant educator, who is no longer an educator, but is still my friend. She got me started to ‘think outside of the square.’ Her and I only taught for one year together, but it was a game changer for me.
After my six years at my first school I moved onto another school where team teaching was offered. I took this opportunity at times to learn from the other educator, but unfortunately it did not work for me, as we had different ‘tastes’ when teaching, which I think is fine. There will be times where you don’t agree with someone or their vision, but it’s important to recognise this early before things get worse.
Anyways, moving onto 2018 where I’m at an amazing school and this year I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to team teach with another educator who is top notch! I’ve known this educator for a few years now and know how she teaches, so getting along with her wouldn’t be a problem.
The benefits of us team teaching
- Double the ideas
- Double the motivation
- Double the confidence
- Double the fun
- We back each other
- We agree and disagree to ensure our students receive quality learning
So you may think, that’s great Christina, but show us some evidence of how this can work in a PhysEd environment.
We have started off our athletics program for years 3-6 and I’ll be honest I’m not a fan of teaching this, only because I’m not as creative in this area. However having a ‘teammate’ beside you gets you thinking even more.
We decided not to teach the traditional events week by week, instead focusing on key movements, attitude and performance that is involved in track and field.
Here is the first example – Unpacking the running technique – going back to basics.
You can see here are my four GIFs (ongoing image/video) that we used for running (which makes connections with 100m, relay and more track events). Simple rotations for students to focus on speed, technique, reaction and momentum. This was a great success. Students were able to refer to this GIF throughout the session to see what needed to be done. Yes we did break down the skill and rotations as a whole class and went through the examples why running, speed and reaction are important.
- Shuffle Zig Zag – using quick feet to move from cone to cone
- Baseline runs – running with speed up and down the baseline
- 5 cone command – one student starts in the middle of the cone and the other student yells out a colour and that student must react quickly to run to that cone
- Wide zig zag – similar to the first one, except making the cones wider.
Second example – Unpacking the movement of jumping and leaping (connecting with track and field events.
Once again we went with the rotations, where students took part in different activities that focused on our movements. Again instead of making this a ‘traditional’ athletics lesson we made it more student friendly.
- River leaping – using stuffed toys for students to leap over the river. We also noticed the way students landed, landing like long jump and we thought, brilliant!
- Hopping numbers – using hoops and a dice, students rolled the dice to see how many times they were required to hoop through the hoops. We extended this by students rolling the dice twice and used addition or multiplication to solve how many times they were required to hop.
- Beat the ball – one student in the group was required to leap continuously from start to finish and trying to beat the ball. The other members in the group, passed and catched the ball in a line as fast as they could before the leaping student got to the finish line.
- Fly swat – students used a fly swat trying to tap the basketball net. This helped with with their vertical jump and run up.
As you can see all different and creative ideas. With the support, organised and same vision teacher buddy, things may of been different. But what’s important when team teaching is the communication and being able to support each other. No communication = no success and students will suffer from this.
May more examples can be seen on my Facebook page (Miss Physical Education) or follow me on Twitter @cpola17
Don’t be afraid to trust your ‘teammate’ and try new things. Remember it’s about the students.
Keep inspiring others and chat soon,