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A model where shared responsibility brings prosperity

Comprehensive co-teaching

Marker Oulu, Finland
Comprehensive co-teaching is a modern way for teachers to pool their strengths and skills, and plan, carry out and evaluate instruction and learning of two classes at once. In this new, bigger class students will recognize their own strengths and learn from each other.

What is it all about?

“Co-teaching highlights the strengths of both teachers and students, and causes stress levels to plummet.”

Kaisa Loponen, teacher

Co-teaching is one of the more interesting forms of 21st century teaching. It is not a new phenomenon, but the way it helps with stress management and teacher development makes it all the more useful today. Co-teaching supports efficient differentiation, helps make more interesting and varied lessons and makes it easier to react to changing circumstances.

Comprehensive co-teaching is a model in which two classes are taught together by two teachers. In this model, teachers brainstorm, plan, and carry out instruction together. It helps the teachers take advantage of their strengths and put student strengths into the spotlight.

Peer support, trust, and shared teacherhood is crucial so that both teachers’ strengths and skillsets are used to their full potential. Through collaboration, ideas turn into good lessons and the responsibility for educating children, evaluating them, lesson planning and teaching lessons can be shared. Co-teaching at its best can promote the growth of students and student co-operation.

Teachers Paula Vorne and Kaisa Loponen, who have collaborated for eight years at the Oulujoki school, have created a comprehensive model for co-teaching. They share a similar perspective on learning and a desire to grow and develop themselves. This creates a natural foundation for co-teaching.

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Teachers are under strain everywhere. The aim of co-teaching is to turn the school into an inspiring learning community, where teachers can also learn.
The strengths of both teachers and students are brought into the spotlight when collaboration takes the center stage.
This model can be implemented without any extra resources and tackles the common problem of teachers becoming exhausted.

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Shared goals are a vital part of getting starting with co-teaching.
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Defining values, roles and responsibilities
Integrating two classes into one requires organizing your work: defining values, setting goals, and having a clear picture of both teachers’ role and responsibilities.
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Defining goals
What are your goals for co-teaching concerning your teaching, your well-being, and assessment?
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Communication with parents
Introducing a new way of doing things to parents is extremely important.
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Creating common rules for the class and sticking to them
Students should have a say in the classroom rules.
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Changing structure
Discuss what kind of structure helps you work.
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