The Benefits of Team Teaching in Primary Schools

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The Benefits of Team Teaching in Primary Schools
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In most schools, there is one teacher to a class of 20 or so students. Team teaching, however, is a form of teaching that involves several teachers working together with a group of students. When group teaching is implemented in a school, the team of teachers works together to create a syllabus, set lesson plans and grade students. While students can have a well rounded experience in a single-teacher classroom, team teaching offers several unique advantages.

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Students Observe Teamwork

In a team teaching setting, several teachers must collaborate on teaching a single class. Students observe their educators working together to teach them the same lessons and are given a solid example of getting along with others in the real world. Students can see adults of different genders, races and backgrounds working together towards a common goal.

Diverse Knowledge Base

Every educator has strengths. In a team based classroom, students benefit from the various backgrounds and expertise of each teacher. Primary school teachers must be knowledgeable and capable of teaching several different subjects, as opposed to secondary school teachers who usually focus on a single subject. When a group of teachers work together they are each able to take turns with a more prominent role when teaching children their strongest personal subjects.

More Individual Attention for Students

One person can only do so much. With a large group of children, it can be difficult to make sure each student is getting enough attention. A group of teachers is able to divide their time more efficiently by taking turns leading the class and helping individual students. This also allows a teacher to help lead small groups for group projects, or take aside students that may be falling behind the rest of their class.

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