Strategies for Team Teaching
Team teachers must communicate well with one another. This means that they must disagree kindly and learn to compromise, and must not usurp one another's authority. Mutual respect is the key to success.
Strategies for team teaching in a Kindergarten or PreKindergarten classroom:
Alternate lesson plans each week. For example, one teacher writes the lesson plans for the week and communicates them to the other teacher. Together the teachers prepare the classroom materials. They prep for art and craft projects, gather math manipulatives and books, create posters, and so on. The next week, reverse the roles.
Split the teaching time. The teacher who is planning for the week also has the responsibility of splitting the teaching schedule. So, if the classroom is run on centers, then he or she decides who teaches the center (include classroom teacher assistants). In the teaching plan, break each learning center activity down and assign teachers and assistants to the activity. Communicate the plan. This will require writing step-by-step directions.
Split the class. For whole group activities such as circle time, reading, writing, or math, decide among yourselves who teaches which curricula area. This can be done in several ways, the simplest being, one teacher may always teach math and the other reading, but specializing in this way may also have its disadvantages. Teaching math and reading requires skill that should be practiced. In the other scenario, the teachers rotate groups. In this case, half of the class learns math, and the other half learns reading and then the teacher's switch groups.
Share assessments. This sounds more difficult than it is. When grade reports are due, both teachers will have had ample time to know each student's strengths and weaknesses. Split the report cards in half. At the next marking period, switch to the group you did not grade the first period. The key to success with the assessments is discussion. Be sure the other teacher has read and agrees upon the grade and the comment before submission to the administrator.