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Mentoring Teachers / Mentor Practices  / Co-Teaching  / Mentor’s guide: Co-teaching

Mentor’s guide: Co-teaching

What is this practice?

Co-teaching refers to intentionally sharing teaching responsibilities with your TC, where you both play active roles in instruction during the same lesson. There are several possible arrangements that we discuss below. Over the course of the year, mentors can use co-teaching to help TCs take on more and different responsibilities for face-to-face instruction.

Why is it important?

Co-teaching can support TC learning over a period of months. It enables the TC to start experimenting with different teaching roles without yet having the full responsibility for teaching. This practice is good for young learners too—two adults working together in the classroom can keep students more engaged and meet the needs of more students by offering support for lesson activities and more individualized teacher attention.

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