Education is essential for the progress and development of a country. It is necessary that knowledge is delivered from generation to generation to deliver an understanding of all aspects of nature to the people. For this sacred duty, the most intelligent minds are hired to deliver education to the blooming flowers of the nation, by presenting them with content, understanding, and examples of nature in the understanding of these concepts. The profession of teaching is thousands of years old and it is respected since humans started civilizing Learning process started when humans started interacting with their environment and became curious for answers to the naturally occurring phenomenon. In modern teaching, a concept of collaborative teaching has introduced in which students help each other in understanding concepts of the class. In this essay, I will describe the concept of co-teaching, provide my personal opinion about it, and provide reasons for my rationale. I will also describe the concept of pedagogy and my beliefs about learning.
Collaborative teaching or co-teaching in our education system has introduced when multiple disciplines are introduced and students were taught these advanced subjects. Not every student has the capability to understand each and every concept taught in class and for this, they need additional help. The ideal approach for teaching is that teacher should be able to describe the concepts in detail to every student irrespective of student’s learning ability and mental competence. However, as learning ability of all students is not same and teachers can only provide enough attention to every student as time is limited and a big amount, of course, is to be covered. This creates a problem that some concepts are not understood by some students and they need some other source to understand these concepts.
In collaborative teaching or co-teaching, one teacher is accompanied by another teacher who helps the main teacher in various ways. The co-teacher can be used for observation of students, assisting the students the main teacher delivers the lecture, teaching side by side with the main teacher, teaching two separate groups, teaching by taking turns, and team teaching in which both teach as one unit. The co-teaching concept is beneficial in various ways. This method works best in individualized teaching when the main teacher can focus on the lecture while the co-teacher can provide attention to every student individually. Also, it can help students in understanding the concepts that main teacher was unable to teach or which are not fully understood by the students.
Where co-teaching has many benefits it can problematic for some teachers as well. My opinion is against co-teaching because of my personal experiences. In my service I have observed that every teacher assigned as a co-teacher to me tries to take over the class rather than being of help, this kind of behavior decrease my confidence and the respect teachers had for me thinking maybe our main teacher is incompetent. Another negative thing about co-teaching is the process of shifting to co-teaching. There is a need for a lot of preparation and planning before actual delivery of lecture to students, the environment and setup of the class are changed, teachers have to prepare their part and distribute tasks which sometimes can be conflicting. Though it has many positive sides it has some negatives too, which I have experienced in my service and therefore I am against this kind of teaching.
The importance of content in teaching cannot be denied in any educational environment as it is the bases for the learning program that is about to be delivered to the students. The content is the compilation of knowledge, skills, and processes that will be required for teaching the students about the subjects. It is the very first and most important step of teaching which describes the whole process formulated for the class and the end goal of the whole course. This content governs how the students will be provided with all the concepts of the course and the method of their evaluation. It also includes the schedule and timely distribution of each lecture and the content of the lecture.
The content of teaching is devised by analyzing the whole class that will be taught the course. It is organized based on learning ability, interest, and level of education of each student. Every student has different levels of interest and learning the ability to a specific subject. Being different in these factors, some students will have previous knowledge, and interest in the subject and some will have less understanding of the content as well as less interest in the subject, therefore there need to set the content by analyzing these factors of every student. Many strategies are available to include differentiation in teaching and they are currently applied in almost every education system of the world.
In short, the process of learning is the most important part of self-development process of any individual needs to be done with proper care. The teachers face a lot of difficulties with in-class collaborative teaching occurs and it hinders students learning of the subject in the class. The main aim of every class is to deliver knowledge to every student in the class and for this purpose teachers will have to adopt new strategies of differentiation and formulate their content according to requirements of the course and personal factors of each student. Ensuring that no collaborative teaching occurs, and students are taught by incorporating their differences will finally lead to best education delivery to the students and help us improve the quality of our education.