Team teaching, and all its benefits, is starting to catch on across grade levels and subject areas around our district. Kristin Kessen and Beth Bonin share their individual class rosters of 26 students, creating a combined class of 52 students. Though their classes remain together all day long, the delivery of content can vary from one day to the next. While Kristin might be leading an introductory lesson about fractions, Beth is walking the room to answer questions and provide words of encouragement. On another day, one might find Kristin reviewing a concept on one side of the room while Beth leads a more advanced group in a related enrichment exercise on the other.
Over at Liberty Junior School, language arts teacher Angie Bellia has recently found success in team teaching with social studies teacher Rick Cooper. While they reside in separate classrooms, they oftentimes converge in the Innovation Hub and coordinate their units.
As we build out our personalized Lakota Learning Plan, each teacher will select one instructional model of personalized learning to explore, expand, seek feedback on, and improve. This program has been a real catalyst for us.