Co-taught classes aid students in learning


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Ethan Gainsboro, Staff Writer

On the surface, it might seem peculiar to have two different teachers for one class. Some students might be skeptical or be confused as to why they have a co-taught class. How will the teachers interact with each other? How do their, possibly different, teaching styles coexist?

According to teachers and students at the high school, the pros of co-taught classes easily outway the cons. They said that classes with two teachers are a helpful way to get extra access to teachers in addition to the regular class.

Social Studies teacher Stephanie McAllister, who co-teaches both 9th grade history and a new senior course called EPIC, said that having a smaller student-teacher ratio is a huge benefit to students.

“For students, I think it means that the student-teacher ratio is much lower and that they’ll have much more access to a teacher,” McAllister said.

Sophomore Camila Kiger has two teachers in her Geometry class and said that a co-taught class can really help student learning.

“I think that having two teachers can be very beneficial for several reasons. For example, while one is lecturing, the other is walking around answering specific questions and making sure everyone is caught up without having to interrupt the class,” Kiger said.

Social Studies teacher Brendan Kobus co-teaches 9th grade pre-modern history and really enjoys the variety that a class with two teachers offers.

“Co-teaching allows us to reach a wider variety of learning styles and needs while staying within the standard curriculum and content,” Kobus said.

Sophomore Crawford LePree is also in a math class that is co-taught and said that having a second teacher really keeps him stay on track.

“I get distracted a lot, so having two teachers really keeps me more focused and helps me learn more,” LePree said.

McAllister said that co-taught classes do have cons that other classes necessarily don’t.

“It takes a lot of time, so to do it well you really need to be able to plan and talk outside of class.” McAllister said.