When co-teachers implement Honigsfeld and Dove’s collaborative instructional cycle – co-planning, co-assessing and co-reflecting – multilingual students and their fellow students benefit from the robust, dynamic instruction, writes language specialist Tan Huynh.
Every co-teaching partnership has a story. One of language specialist Tan Huynh’s partnerships started off rough but became the most collaborative team-up in all his years teaching. Why? They created a schedule that included co-planning time and used the time strategically.
Language specialist Tan Huynh offers co-teachers an orientation he never had, sharing what being a language specialist looks like at different levels and with various tasks. Veteran co-teachers may also find helpful tips if they move among elementary and secondary grades.
Since EL specialist Tan Huynh can’t be in every co-teaching class every day to co-instruct with content teachers, he has developed strategies to guide learning from afar across grade levels and disciplines. Discover his BATS: boxes, acronyms, templates, and structures.
When co-planning is an efficient use of time and in the service of our colleagues’ responsibilities, fellow teachers will see co-planning less like a job they have to do and more of a step they want to do. Tan Huynh shares detailed strategies for co-planning success.
If the search for a perfect co-planning relationship frustrates you, Elizabeth Stein shares 4 “simple mindshifts” that have made her a fearless co-teacher anyway.