Co-Teaching is defined as two or more adults simultaneously instructing a heterogeneous group of students in a coordinated fashion.
As co-teachers - a general and a special education teacher will plan lessons and teach content together to a class of special and general education students. Your co-teaching will support academic diversity in the general classroom and provide all students with access to the county and state curriculum. Co-teaching fosters the following:
- Provides specialized instruction
- Increased options for flexible grouping of students
- Enhanced collaboration opportunities for the teachers
- Another professional to help problem solve
- Flexibility to try things you could not achieve alone
- Collaboration in classroom and lesson preparation
- Sharing of classroom management
- Diversity and size of today's classrooms
- Reduce student/teacher ratio
- Increase instructional options for all students
- Diversity of instructional styles
- Greater student engagement time
- Greater student participation levels
Clicking on the link above will take you to the West Virginia Department of Education's Co-Teaching resource page. Below you will find an introduction to Co-teaching Fact sheet and the Foundations manual.
Clicking on the link above will take you to St. Cloud State University's Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration. WV has developed a strong relationship with the Co-Teaching Academy.
What is co-teaching?
Co-teaching is defined as two teachers working together with groups of students and sharing the planning, organization, delivery and assessment of instruction and physical space.
What co-teaching is NOT
- Simply dividing the tasks and responsibilities among two people.
- For example, co-teaching is NOT:
- One person teaching one subject followed by another who teaches a different subject
- One person teaching one subject while another person prepares instructional materials at the Xerox machine or corrects student papers in the teachers’ lounge
- One person teaching while the other sits and watches
- When one person’s ideas prevail regarding what will be taught and how it will be taught
- Someone is simply assigned to act as a tutor