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Co-Teaching Best Practices

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Jenny Oberst

on 26 October 2012

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Co-teaching Best Practices Used when a certain part of a lesson or behavior needs to be observed
How it's done:
Specify what needs to be monitored ahead of time
One teacher teaches and the other observes the lesson What is co-teaching? What co-teaching is not: One Teach, One Observe Used when:
a lower teacher-student ratio is needed
foster student participation Parallel Teaching Two or more teachers sharing the responsibility of teaching some or all of the students in the same physical space
Classes are diverse
Partnership where trust and communication must be in place Teaching different subject areas
One is an assistant
One person teaches and the other is the tutor
One person taking charge of how it should be taught
Strictly used in inclusion rooms Used when:
High level of mastery is expected
Enrichment is needed
Mastery of concepts varies-individualized learning Alternative Teaching Pros:
-lower student teacher ratio
-increased student interaction Cons:
-coordinated planning
-high noise level How it's done:
divide class in half
both teachers teach same lesson to smaller group of students
teachers plan jointly Station Teaching Used when:
part of instruction is review
instruction is comprised of many topics How it's done:
content is divided into separate stations around the room
two stations have teachers to teach the content
other stations are for independent work Pros:
increased instructional intensity
individualized for the students
both teachers are engaged during instructional time Cons:
pacing-beginning and ending stations at same time
students working independently
noise level Team Teaching Used when:
Two heads are better than one
Instructional conversation is appropriate
When teachers are comfortable with each other and topic How it's done:
Both teachers share in the instruction
One teacher leads discussion and the other teacher demonstrates
One brain, two bodies-bounce ideas Pros:
Both teachers get to blend their styles and knowledge Cons:
High amount of planning
Requires trust and commitment by both teachers by Jenny Oberst & Sarah Wellmeier Pros:
Limited amount of planning
Allows stronger teacher to teach Cons:
Not the most effective use of two teachers
Can cause frustration if used too often How it's done:
One teacher teaches the whole group, while the other teacher pulls a small group
Small groups can be pulled for:
pre-teaching, reteaching, enrichment, special projects, make-up work, assessments Pros:
All students benefit from small group
Teachers alternate making each teacher have equal status within the classroom Cons:
Challenge to vary the groups
Groups should not just be made up of special education students "Children who learn together learn to live together." References:
Strategies for Special Education & Inclusion Classrooms-http://blogs.scholastic.com/special_ed/2008/12/six-models-for.html
Co-Teaching: Principles, Practices, and Pragmatics-http://www.ped.state.nm.us/seo/library/qrtrly.0404.coteaching.lcook.pdf
Co-Teaching In The Classroom- http://www.magonline.org/CoTeachingInTheClassroomREVMAGPresentation.pdf
Co-Teaching: What it IS, What it is NOT- http://www.k8accesscenter.org/documents/AllHandouts_000.pdf
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