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6 Co-Teaching Structures

6 Co-Teaching Structures

Once you and your co-teacher have decided what you are teaching, you also have to decide how you are going to teach. Six co-teaching models exist for co-teachers to maximize the impact of adults:

Making it Work

In professional development, we are provided with numerous packets, books, and powerpoints to guide our ICT classrooms. Some of that information is great, some of it’s mediocre, and some of it seems completely impossible to implement in the classroom. For many educators who work in ICT classrooms, it’s easy to talk the talk, but walking the walk is a different story, especially for teachers in ICT classrooms that are working with more than one teaching partner, teaching across different subjects, and/or have little common planning time with their co-teacher/s. Lucky enough, for teaching partners everywhere, Marilyn Friend has offered six co-teaching structures that myself and many other educators have found incredibly helpful. The chart below attempts to “keep it real” by combining Marilyn Friend’s co-teaching structures with real-life ICT situations, and advises educators how to implement various structures given the challenges and demands of the ICT classroom. Click on the small grey circle next to each structure below to learn more about implementation.


"Co-Teaching: Using the Six Approaches to Enhance Student Outcomes" by Marilyn Friend, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, OAAFEP Title/Federal Programs Spring Conference. March 31, 2011.