I am a class teacher for Year Four and five students and a team leader for the middle school. My class and I are a part of the Manaiakalani Google ClassOnAir.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Co- Teaching

The first week was a great week in Terms of PLD. We have Paula Were for Literacy and I shadowed her for co - teaching sessions in the junior classes. These were awesome lessons as I got to see the practice of different teachers and also got an opportunity to work with the students who are in different classes. Teachers gained a lot through these sessions and everyone enjoyed teaching and learning. We talked about how to bring cultures of the students into classroom and how this would bring more engagement. We also talked about how we need to move on from what students already know and how to breakdown WALTS into smaller learning Intentions so that they are achievable.

I personally believe that co- teaching is the best way to do PLDs as we teachers learn from one another. It is where the teachers co-teach along side one another and share responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing. It is a way of supporting teachers where one teacher takes the lead and the other supports the students and then rotate their roles. It is a non- threatening way of supporting teachers where you are not judged on how you teach.  It is all about a practice where we all are responsible for the student learning, including the Principal, Curriculum Leader, Team leaders and the class-Teacher. It is about how we all can improve student achievement.

I feel that one session is not enough to bring desirable outcomes. We need to collaborate and do co- teaching more often and bring real fun into teaching and learning.

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