Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration
St. Cloud State University has created, implemented and researched a new approach to student teaching utilizing a co-teaching model. This innovative work was originally undertaken through a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership Grant for $5 Million awarded in 2003.
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