Coteaching & Coinstructing
In the Virtual Teaching & Learning Environment
Cooperating teacher (CT) and teacher candidate (TC) are both engaged in student learning, at all times, through daily coplanning, coinstructing, and coassessing. Through the coteaching process, reflective dialogue and collaboration has the potential to lead to the professional development of both teachers.
The Role of Coinstructing in Coteaching
Coinstructing sees coteachers mutually engaged in the instructional delivery of content with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. The six instructional strategies coteachers can use include:
One Teach, One Observe
One Teach, One Assist
Benefits of Coteaching
Two content-strong adults in the classroom
Lower student-to-teacher ratio
Scaffolded experience for teacher candidate to learn about teaching
New ideas generated through collaboration
Ability to reflect together since both coteachers experience the same lesson
Tips for Coteaching in the Virtual Teaching Environment
Meet weekly and stay connected
Be intentional and establish a routine
Determine what the role of each coteacher will be in all aspects of virtual teaching (planning, instructing, assessing) and how these roles will evolve/transition throughout the clinical practice
Address and assess student needs and accessibility to all materials and online platforms
Regularly share successes and areas needing improvement
Provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for students
Examples of Coinstructing in the Virtual Classroom
Coplanning Coteaching: This video shows a face-to-face coplanning session. Keep in mind, the practices are applicable to virtual coplanning.
Coteaching in a Virtual Environment: In this Screencast video, Megan Guise, Single Subject Faculty at Cal Poly, provides recommendations for the coteaching process, including coplanning, coinstructing, and coassessing, in the virtual teaching and learning environment.
Online Articles and Documents
Coteaching in a Virtual Teaching & Learning Environment: This document provides tips and suggestions for implementing all three phases of coteaching: coplanning, coinstructing, and coassessing.
Implementation of Coinstructing Tool: This document provides characteristics of effective coinstructing in a clinical practice placement.
Virtual Coplanning and Coteaching: Educational blog post on coplanning and coteaching in the virtual environment.