The 2017-18 school year will once again see both the 7th and 8th grade Novels classes being co-taught by Mrs. Eckart and Mr. Guttormson at the Hillsboro High School.
This idea began four years ago, with the goal being to have two teachers pilot a co-taught class. These classes take place in the high school lunchroom, which, like all regular classrooms, is equipped with an Activboard and a computer. The students sit at the lunch tables and form pods that are excellent for collaborative work. Each student is also assigned a Chromebook, which is where most of the classwork is completed
While the two teachers collaborate and plan the lessons together, they have different roles depending on the class. Both teachers are in the room for each class, but Mrs. Eckart acts as the lead teacher for the 7th grade while Mr. Guttormson leads the 8th grade.
What is the benefit of team teaching? Having two teachers in the room allows the students more opportunities for small group instruction. If re-teaching of a lesson or concept is needed, one teacher can dedicate time to that task while the other can continue with the lesson. In other words, co-teaching aids in the differentiation process. Another benefit of team teaching goes back to the idea of “two heads are better than one.” Having two teachers work together in the lesson planning process allows for the strongest outcomes for the students. Finally, having two teachers in a room allows the students to witness two individuals working together, further emphasizing the importance of teamwork and collaboration.