Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Magic of Team Teaching 2.0: SEDS - Makassar, Indonesia

By: Ted Glenn, Ph.D., Professor of Public Administration and Program Coordinator at The Business School, Humber College

This is the second blog post that Ted Glenn has written as part of his experience living in Makassar, Sulawesi province, Indonesia, while working on the Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy Project (SEDS). 

In Canada, most post-secondary teachers go off to their classes, close the doors, and deliver their curricula in splendid isolation. Seldom are we pushed to go outside our comfort zones, despite the fact it is precisely beyond the boundaries of our comfort zones where the magic happens.

From Left: Vanessa Murphy (@vanessamurphy), Wyatt Glenn, Ianinta Sebring,
Mary Heather White, Kent Schroeder, Jeff May, and Ted Glenn (@tedglenn)
Team-teaching definitely pushes me to the edge of my comfort zone, especially as it relates to teacher-learner accountability. Typically, teaching alone, you and you alone are responsible to your students for the quality of what you deliver and how you deliver it.  Teaching alone, you live and die by the metal of your pedagogical sword.

On your own, the teacher-learner accountability equation is easily managed if you take your task as educator seriously. But in a team teaching environment, you are forced to share accountability and trust that your co-teacher will 'deliver the goods' to a similar standard as you.  Both of you, in other words, live and die by the same sword.

On the SEDS project (#SEDS), the significance of the teacher-learner accountability factor is amplified by a language challenge (the workshop is translated into Bahasa Indonesian) and the fact that my co-facilitator is not from Humber, i.e., we do not share a similar pedagogical background or teaching experiences.

Ted Glenn (@tedglenn) with Ianinta (@ianinta)
Fortunately, my partner-in-crime in Makassar, Ianinta Sebring (@ianinta), is a talented educator who brings a wealth of knowledge about entrepreneurship in Indonesia and Sulawesi to this stage of the SEDS project. I'm also fortunate that Ianinta and I spent six days with the other two SEDS facilitators (the very capable, Manado-based Kent Schroeder and Jeff May) developing the curriculum for these workshops.

These two elements - Ian's talent and the commonly-developed workshop curriculum - have been critical in helping me begin to find the magic that's just outside my comfort zone on this project.

1 comment:

  1. It is a pleasure working with you, Ted. Go team teaching!

    Ianinta Sembiring