Lesson 5: What does effective and positive co-teaching look like

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Learners will understand the various ways co-teaching can be implemented and positive conditions associated with effective co-teaching situations.

Case Study

Thinking back to the beginning of the course...Mrs. K has a class of 20 students, three of which do no speak English as their first language. She also finds out that because she has these students, she will be sharing her classroom and working with another teacher, an ENL teacher. Mrs. K feels uncertain and confused about the language that revolves around working with non-English speakers and about teaching with another teacher.

Not only has Mrs. K had to learn about her ELLs and ENL in general, but she is also learning how to share her classroom with another teacher and making that teacher feel like an equal in the classroom.



  1. Watch- Watch the video Co-Teaching is a Marriage
  1. Read- This write up from the perspective of an elementary special education teacher provides Six Steps to Successful Co-Teaching. Although this discusses special education teachers and students with IEPs and 504 plans, the ideas are still equally relevant and applicable to co-teaching with ENL teachers.
  1. Discuss- What approach could Mrs. K take on sharing her space with the ENL teacher? What could they do as a team to create an optimal co-teaching experience? What problems could you anticipate them running into if these procedures are not in place?

Post your answer in the Discussion section of this lesson. Your response should pose a question for your classmates to respond to. Respond to at least two other people.



What co-teaching situation(s) have you either been a part of previously or observed in your school environment? What positive and negative qualities did they exhibit? Could their situation have been improved using what you have read and watched in this lesson?


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