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How to establish and develop a collaborative professional relationship
What is co-teaching? Co-teaching is the instructional arrangement in which two educators deliver core instruction along with specialized instruction, as needed, to a diverse group of students in a single physical space. Co-teaching partnerships require educators to make joint instructional decisions and share responsibility and accountability for student learning.
Benefits of Co-Teaching
For the students: For the teacher: For the intern/ST: Additional opportunity for differentiation. Access to strategies from two high- qualified teachers. Lower student- to-teacher ratio. Shared responsibility of the classroom and student learning. Retain involvement in the classroom and student learning. Reduced number of student referrals. Shared responsibility of the classroom and student learning. Allows for more effective data- backed student groupings. Experience working as part of a team.
Models of Co-teaching Complementary Teaching or One Teach, One Assist
Parallel Teaching Team Teaching
Complementary Teaching or One Teach, One Assist
Lead Teacher Lead teacher organizes and plans all aspects of the lesson, but the second professional should be included and informed of the plans and expectations. Lead teacher conducts the formal teaching and leads the lesson. Second professional monitors the class and assists individual students as needed. Benefit is in having one teacher to monitor behavior and answer questions as the other teacher leads the lesson. Also, there are two teachers to help individual students after the whole group lesson is presented. Video examples and more information: Support Teacher Students
Parallel Teaching Lead teacher and second professional collaboratively organize the lesson content. Each small group is having the same lesson with the same objectives and assessments. Lead teacher and second professional split the student into two groups. Lead teacher and second professional independently deliver the lesson plan to each of the groups and facilitate learning in their groups. Lead teacher and second professional monitor their own groups. Lead teacher and second professional use post lesson reflection to share evaluation results and discuss the lesson outcome. Benefits include increased student participation, publication and sharing. Also, it lowers the teacher-to-student ration and allows teachers to work more intensively with a small group of students. Video examples and other information:
Team Teaching Lead teacher and second professional plan collaboratively and make decisions to plan the lesson and organize the material. Lead teacher and second professional work together to teach simultaneously to the whole class. Both teachers assess students during the formal lesson. Benefits include an increased energy in the classroom. In addition, this method can be extremely powerful. Finally, team teaching allows both teachers to share their expertise and insights with the students. Videos and other information: Yb6Eur3_M
Additional Resources Dr. Marilyn Friend
Collaborative Team Teaching information These links discuss more models than I have included in this presentation. Try to constrain yourself to the three models that were included. Otherwise, it’s easy to get overwhelmed! Co-Teaching Strategies Co-Teaching as a Strategy for Success Co-Teaching (ppt)
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