Co-Planning for Elementary Classes


VDOE Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative


You now understand the most effective ways to bring co-teaching to life in your elementary co-taught class. You’ve seen effective techniques for assessment. Now, how do you put that all together in a plan for your next lesson or unit, effectively using the limited time you have for co-planning? Co-planning is the key to successful co-teaching. Having worked out the logistics of what will be taught and how, each teacher knows the vital role they play in meeting the needs of each and every student in their class. This webshop presents valuable information to develop an understanding of the co-planning process and how it builds a strong co-teaching partnership. You will also see videos of real elementary co-teachers of Virginia discussing techniques for planning instruction for a co-taught class using a variety of co-teaching approaches and assessment techniques. Teachers model how to use division pacing guides, input from a grade level planning team, and results of formative and summative assessments to plan instruction. Below each video, guiding questions are provided to focus your viewing of the videos; a transcription of each video is also included. It is suggested that these videos be viewed and discussed by co-teaching teams while reflecting on their own co-instructing practices. Videos may also be shared during professional development activities and among colleagues in professional learning communities, using the guiding questions to further discussion. Multiple new videos added September 2023.
Target Audience: Elementary Co-Teachers and Administrators


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