Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards

Collaborative team teaching (CTT) has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to improve student learning. However, CTT is not without its challenges. Here are three of the most common:

  1. Managing communication
    CTT is a team-based approach to instruction, which can be challenging when one member of the team is not communicating effectively. To ensure effective CTT, team members need to be able to communicate both verbally and non-verbally.
  1. Building trust
    One of the key challenges of collaborative team teaching is developing trust between team members. When team members don’t trust one another, it can be difficult to share information and work together effectively. Building trust may require some communication and transparency on the part of the team leader.
  1. Creating a shared understanding
    Another challenge of collaborative team teaching is creating a shared understanding between team members. It can be difficult to get everyone on the same page when they’re working on a project together. To overcome this challenge, team members may need to communicate frequently and work together to develop a shared understanding of the project.
  1. Facilitating group cohesion
    CTT can be difficult to manage if team members are not cohesive. To achieve a successful CTT, team members need to work together to create a common goal and share responsibility.
  2. Managing expectations
    CTT can be a rewarding experience for students if expectations are set appropriately. Too often, however, students assume that CTT will be similar to traditional classroom instruction. This can lead to frustration for both students and team members.
    Despite these challenges, CTT can be an effective tool for improving student learning. By following these tips, team members can maximize the benefits of CTT.
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