Co-Teaching in Science and Social Studies Classes (Co-Instructing, Co-Assessing and Co-Planning)


VDOE Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative


What does co-teaching look like in a science or social studies classroom? How can two teachers share responsibility for teaching a diverse group of students whose reading, writing, research and study skills vary from well below to above grade level? How do science and social studies co-teachers creatively determine student progress throughout a unit of instruction so they can provide review and re-teaching activities to students who have not mastered the content before they take a cumulative test? You’ve heard that co-planning is the key to successful co-teaching, but how can you effectively use co-planning time to work out the logistics of what will be taught and how? This webshop presents information about the most common approaches used by co-teachers to share responsibility for instruction in a co-taught class, effective techniques for formative and summative assessment – with particular emphasis on creative formative assessment, and recommendations for developing an effective and efficient co-planning process. Videos are shared that were created by real science and social studies co-teachers of Virginia, discussing and demonstrating co-instructing, co-assessing, and co-planning. Some videos address integrating technology resources. Below each video, guiding questions are provided to focus your viewing of the videos; a transcription of each video is included as well. It is suggested that these videos be viewed and discussed by co-teaching teams while reflecting on their own co-instructing/co-assessing/co-planning practices. Videos may also be shared during professional development activities and among colleagues in professional learning communities, using the guiding questions to further discussion.

Target Audience: Middle & High School Science and Social Studies Co-Teachers and Administrators


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