ERIC Number: EJ1084291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Co-Teaching ELLs: Riding a Tandem Bike
Honigsfeld, Andrea; Dove, Maria G.
Educational Leadership, v73 n4 p56-60 Dec 2015-Jan 2016
Imagine getting on the tandem bike of co-teaching. You have a lot to decide. Who sits in the front and takes the lead? Who takes the backseat? The fact is, neither classroom teachers nor secondary content-area teachers have proven eager to give up leading their lesson when they have a co-teacher present, whether to support ELLs or students with disabilities. Co-teaching requires a delicate balance. Much like riding a bike, if you lean too much one way or the other, the bike will spill over. The authors, researchers in the area of co-teaching, have identified three consistent elements of successful, integrated collaborative instruction for ELLs in K12 schools: (1) trust between co-teaching partners; (2) maintenance of the entire collaborative instructional cycle, which includes co-planning, co-teaching, co-assessment of student work, and reflection; and (3) leadership support. The article highlights the importance of co-planning, a prerequisite for true co-teaching. They suggest a three-phrase framework that will help those who are new to--or overwhelmed by--co-planning.
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teamwork, Teacher Collaboration, English Language Learners, Elementary Secondary Education, Cooperation, Trust (Psychology), Cooperative Planning, Leadership Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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