WRAC is proud to introduce you to Kate Fedewa and Kathryn Houghton, MSU first year writing (FYW) teachers that have taken up the task of collaborative teaching this semester.
They each bring different teaching styles that offer more learning preferences for students. Like any form of collaborative task, successful collaborative teaching amalgamates the strengths of multiple viewpoints. Individuality doesn’t exist, they have to always be in communication come to a consensus that works for both. Together they have taken on the best and worst experiences that can take place in a classroom.
In their courses this semester Kate and Kathryn share responsibilities and evenly distribute tasks, such as a lesson plans and in-class teaching. They tag team throughout the class period with one person in front of the class, while the other person walks around and interacts with students. Team teaching is their creative approach to the course. They’re also modeling collaborative teaching for their students by having them work in groups.
Kathryn offers a word of wisdom to future collaborative professors, “Know the person before hand. Ask yourself, are we going to be compatible and are our values the same.” When they sit and plan for the course it’s not just another meeting, “It’s sitting and chatting with someone who is a friend”, said Kate. Collaborative teaching may require an increase in time spent planning, but when the time is spent with someone who is also a friend or trusted colleague it’s all the more worth it.
As the semester roles by, they approach it as a learning experience. As they learn, their students are learning too. WRAC and the FYW program are honored to have these two faculty members who are willing to put in the extra time and energy required with collaborative teaching.