Presentation on theme: "Communication is the KEY: Co-Teaching & Co-Planning"— Presentation transcript:
1 Communication is the KEY: Co-Teaching & Co-Planning Adapted from Latricia Trites, Ph.D.
2 What is Co-teaching?Take a few minutes to discuss with your partner how you define co-teaching.What are effective co-teaching characteristics?
3 Co-Teaching Partnership Trust Hard work Communication Shared preparation and shared responsibility.Both are always working. Each section of each lesson should specify roles of both.Considered a very demanding work arrangement.
4 Co-Teaching Definition Two (or more) educators or other certified staffContract to share instructional responsibilityFor a single group of studentsPrimarily in a single classroom or workspaceFor specific content (objectives)With mutual ownership, pooled resources, and joint accountabilityCook & Friend (2004)
5 What Co-Teaching Isn’t One person teaching one subject followed by another person teaching a different subjectOne person teaching one subject while another person prepares instructional materials, makes copies, corrects papers, etc.One person teaching a lesson while other people simply observeOne person’s ideas about what and how to teach being the only ideas implementedOne person being assigned as a tutorVilla, Thousand, & Nevin (2008)
6 Effective Co-Teaching Mixes and matches models.Changes models and roles for variety and interest for learners.May involve delegation of specific tasks to one teacher (e.g., one is the phonics expert).Always specifies the role of each teacher in each activity.
7 Video Example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6llQCG8QhBE One Teach, One ObserveOne Teach, One AssistAlternative TeachingParallel TeachingTeam Teaching
8 Tips for Effective Co-Teaching Get to know your partnerCreate a workable scheduleVary instructional practicesAvoid second guessing your partnerCOMMUNICATE
9 Get to Know Your Partner Discuss personal and professional issuesDiscuss any “pet peeves”?Discuss any health concernsDiscuss learning styles and preferencesCreate a signal system for communicating in the classroom
10 Follow-up Getting to Know You Now that you’ve worked with your co-teacher for a semester (most of you), take this time to get to know each other better.What is your personal learning style?What is your personality type?What is your teaching style?When do you plan best?How do you plan?Where do you plan?How do you deal with conflict?
11 Co-teaching MUST include Co-planning! Find time to plan togetherDiscuss what will be taught, how it will be taught, and by whomCreate a “co-teaching” lesson plan template to be used
12 Effective Planning Examine Curriculum Guidelines Learn to write effective objectivesDo long-term planning as well as short-term planning.Communicate with each other before AND after each co-teaching session.
13 Goals vs. ObjectivesGoals are broad and most often contain many objectives in order to achieve the goal.Students will write effective short essays.Objectives are much more specific and contain only ONE observable outcome.Students will write a topic sentence for a short essay with 70% accuracy.
14 What are Effective Objectives? Objectives that are outcomes based – state what the student will accomplish.Objectives that have only one outcome in each one.Objectives that can be assessed.Objectives that answer why an activity is being done.
15 Objective Examples Good Objective: Bad Objective: Students will demonstrate their ability to spell current vocabulary words by playing a game of hang man with a level of 75% accuracy in spelling.Bad Objective:Students will play hang man.
16 Co-planning Both teachers contribute to the planning stage. Both teachers agree as to which teacher will be responsible for what activity and for what materials.Both teachers will talk openly with each other AFTER the class to evaluate the effectiveness of the lesson.