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Week 1 Co-Planning

"If you are not co-planning, you're not co-teaching!"

Co-planning is an important component in Co-Teaching. To become a successful pair, both Teacher Candidate and Cooperating Teacher must commit at least one hour a week to plan their Co-Teaching strategies for the week. The University Supervisor will check, support, and ensure that co-planning is being completed.

What is Co-Planning??

Co-Planning is not the time to plan out each intricate detail of your weekly lesson plans together. Co-Planning is one hour when you will decide which Co-Teaching Strategies will be used during which subjects during the week. You will also explore who will be the lead and who will be the support. Remember not each lesson must be co-taught.
Co-Teaching Weekly Lesson Plan

This is a template you may use to co-plan, it is also acceptable to code the lesson plans that you already are creating.

Ask the Big Five while Co-Planning

  1. What standard and concept are we teaching?
  2. What co-teaching strategies will we use?
  3. Who will lead different parts of the lesson?
  4. How will we assess the students’ learning?
  5. What materials and resources will we use?

Before, During, and After Co-Planning


  • Decide what lesson(s) you will use your hour of planning time for.
  • Who will lead the planning time or will parts be shared? Usually the cooperating teacher will lead in the beginning of the semester and the teacher candidate will take over as the semester progresses.
  • Decide the materials that you will need and don’t take on too much.
  • Bring ideas for modifications and accommodations.
  • Bring ideas for enrichment activities.
  • When the teacher candidate is ready to take over a subject/or period, let him/her know ahead of time that they will be leading the planning time for that lesson. They should preview what they will be teaching and come to the planning time prepared with ideas and lessons where co-teaching could occur.

During co-planning:

  • Spend a few minutes communicating about questions or issues.
  • Share what will be co-taught and ideas from curriculum.
  • When will you co-teach? When will each of you teach solo?
  • What co-teaching strategies will best meet the needs of the students?
  • Eventually, try to incorporate all of the co-teaching strategies.
  • Discuss a variety of assessment strategies.
  • What do each of you need to do when you leave the planning session (tasks, gathering resources, copying, etc)?
  • What, if any, changes do you need to make to the layout or organization of the classroom.

After co-planning:

  • Lesson plans are written by the Teacher Candidate or the Cooperating Teacher or in conjunction.

Highlight TPE of the Week - TPE 2 - Monitoring Student Learning During Instruction

Candidates should use progress monitoring at key points during instruction to determine whether students are progressing adequately toward achieving the desired learning goal.

Candidates should pace instruction and re-teach content based on evidence gathered, using assessment strategies such as questioning students and examining student work and products. Candidates should anticipate, check for, and address common student misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Strategies for Monitoring Progress - Checking for Understanding

Bree Gage

CSUB Co-Teaching Coordinator

If you have any Co-Teaching related questions, please email me.