Planning for co-teaching is VERY important. Use the planning time wisely, focusing on lessons to be co-taught. Prioritize the time and don’t allow outside distractions to take over.
The goal is to have the cooperating teacher and teacher candidate actively engaged with students as much as possible. However, EVERY teacher candidate DOES need time to manage the classroom on their own.
Full time responsibility means the teacher candidate leads all aspect of the classroom, including how the cooperating teacher and other adults will be involved.
The diagram below describes the roles of the cooperating teacher (CT) and the teacher candidate (TC) during the co-teaching process.
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