Why Choose a Collaborative Teaching Classroom?
From the teacher perspective, when you are in the same room as another trained professional, the level of teaching and education rises. Teachers are constantly able to observe and learn from one another when in the same room, as well as bounce ideas off of each other. It’s professional development that is embedded on a daily basis. In thinking about real-world professions, where else are you so isolated in the workplace other than teaching?
From a student perspective, a collaborative classroom benefits the child socially. It gives the students a bigger pool of children to work with and learn from. In addition, it allows students to become more accepting of others; their differences, how they work, interests, etc. Students in a collaborative teaching classroom are also given the opportunity to see adults working and collaborating together, which is again, a real world skill. Finally, it better meets the needs of students’ varying levels in different areas of the curriculum as the teachers are better able to pull small groups at different times of the day without having to disrupt the other students’ learning, or cause the rest of the class to only work independently. “When two adults work closely together to teach a heterogeneous group of students the classroom portrait will be unique and ever-changing.” (Co-Teaching That Works, p. 2.)