Arranging the Classroom Environment for Co-teaching

Space always comes up as a barrier to co-teaching. Using co-teaching structures requires teachers to consider the classroom environment and make decisions prior to implementing the structures. If you try to co-teach without planning for the room arrangement it can become frustrating. We recommend sketching out your room and making a plan.

Consider Factors Affecting Environmental Decisions:

  • Number of students in class
  • Size and shape of classroom
  • Type of furniture
  • Voice volume of teachers
  • Individual student characteristics
  • Number of class periods teachers co-teach
  • Arrange at least two teaching stations (whiteboard, table or desks, materials)

Determine Areas For:

  • Large group instruction (team teaching)
  • Two medium groups (parallel or 2-stations)
  • Three small groups (station, alternative)
  • Cooperative groups of four students

Pre-establish Student Groups (for 1 grading period):

  • 3 heterogeneous groups (e.g. shapes)
  • 2 heterogeneous groups (e.g. A, B or odd-even)
  • Collaborative groups of 4 students (e.g. teams)

Flexible Groups Based on Assessment:

  • Readiness/Skill groups (based on pre-test)
  • Interest groups

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