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Anyone Co-Teaching?

Dec 30, 2013 5:27pm

How's it working for you? How do you plan together? My Principal wants "one" lesson plan reflecting what we are teaching. How do you prepare your lesson plan?? I'm overwhelmed and looking for support!

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  • Planning / Special Education


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    • Dec 31, 2013 12:53pm

      I co-teach 5th grade reading. What my co-teacher and I do is, we divide our teaching days in half. I will write plans for Monday and Tuesday only and she writes plans for Wednesday and Thursday only. Friday's will always be our review day for the week being as though our scholars transition and we follow a A-B schedule, which alternates between weeks.

      I suggest priinting out your curriculum and make out the objectives that each of you will teach and which day of the week will they follow. Once that is done, upload your lesson plan format into goolge doc's (may need to create a free account) and both of you can work in the doc in real time and see any changes each of you make.

      Hope this helps!

      • Dec 31, 2013 9:25am

        My lesson plans are simple. Even when I co-taught with my teacher credential candidate students, we made our lesson plans together, and they still consist of the following five (5) sections:

        1) Activating activity
        2) Guided practice
        3) Unguided practice
        4) Assessment
        5) Reflection

        They were also in charge of writing the goals, objectives, and identifiable state standards, now CCS standards. We divided up the daily lesson plan sections and assisted students in class when possible.

        • Dec 31, 2013 9:28am

          PS You have to prepare for the lesson rather than plan the lesson to really make a difference. Sometimes, teachers are so concerned with the plan, they forget about the students.

          • Jan 3, 2014 5:33am

            I can understand the alternate teaching methodology, but I would suggest that that is more simultaneous teaching and not actually co-teaching. With co-teaching, you have more than one teacher involved in one single lesson plan for a synergistic effect and alternative perspectives on a unique daily topic for a singular outcome. The alternative daily schedule merely gives two teachers on different days resulting in merely two different teachers for different outcomes.