Back in the old day when I didn’t have this blog I used to envy those who did and could take part in blog challenges. Several people have said my latest Team Teaching post would deserve a blog challenge. Also, Tyson Seburn said recently I should do a blog challenge:
So here’s what I’m going to do: I’ll answer the four questions my colleagues answered in the previous post. I’ll give it a hashtag #teamteaching #blogchallenge and I’ll invite you to do the same. If you write anything, please ping back to my post, or tag me on Twitter or on Facebook. Let’s see if we get at least ten bloggers to take part.
Q1: What are some of the benefits of team teaching?
For me it always was learning from my colleagues, having more fun together, and sharing whatever we had to face in class. Teaching can be a pretty lonesome job and having a colleague is uplifting.
Q2: What are some of the drawbacks?
When the “team” part of the concept is dropped. I’ve worked with teachers who said: “I’ll do the even units, you do the odd ones,” and I never heard from them till the final testing. It was no fun.
Q3: Any stories?
We had a whale of a time when Klára and I and a few other girls taught Czech intensive summer courses for the University of Pittsburgh. There would be a group of young American students, who were always awfully nice, friendly and eager to learn. I’m still in touch with most of them. Usually, there were two groups by level, each taught by one of us and the teachers would rotate. However, on Fridays we would put the two groups together and share the class as teachers. I remember we did a pub quiz on Czech culture, in Czech, of course (that was fun) and then the students would do a pub quiz for us teachers on American culture&civilisation. I always ended up losing (not fun!). One time we did drama – based on a Czech fairy tale movie (specifically, Lotrando a Zubejda) and that was just hilarious. So yeah, these are my fondest memories.
Q4: Anything else?
Not right now, but if I think of something, I’ll add it later.
And now, off to you! #teamteaching #blogchallenge