ERIC Number: ED337311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
R.I.P.--The Deadly Art of Team-Teaching with a Talking Head.
This paper describes a teaching approach in which a middle school classroom teacher and a team-teacher by satellite present a course in Basic English and Reading for remedial reading students in grades 7-8. The team-teacher at Oklahoma State University is a "talking head" who teaches on television. The television portion of the course, "Reading in Progress," was created to serve rural and small schools that do not offer Reading or Basic English beyond 6th grade. "Reading in Progress" is received by satellite 2 days a week. The other 3 days, the students work on reading and writing activities, many of which are on computer. The team-teacher plays the roles of the course designer, audiovisual broker, and television presenter. Although the main responsibility of the classroom teacher is encouraging and motivating students, the teacher also reviews completed assignments, records grades, and works with individual students on their particular problems with course content. It is concluded that the course has been successful for the following reasons: (1) it has a regular pattern so students know what to expect; (2) it has a non-judgmental atmosphere due to the technological mode of presentation and a grading system that rewards the amount of work attempted, as well as the quality of the work; (3) it includes activities that build self-esteem; and (4) it has set boundaries for the skills that need to be learned. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).