It dawned on me that teachers might need anchor charts, too! It is hard to remember everything there is to know about effective instruction. Why not create some “cheat sheets” or anchor charts for essential co-teaching practices?
I recommend two anchor charts for co-taught classrooms.
- Small Grouping Practices Anchor Chart
Choose four small group instruction models that you and your partner like best. Then when you realize that your whole group instruction isn’t going as well as you’d like, you can quickly choose a small group practice and have students move. Here is my anchor chart – use it or create your own.
When one teacher is lecturing, what should the other be doing? Some tasks, such as jumping in to clarify, may come naturally to you. But there are so many different things that co-teachers can do to enhance instruction. Here is a list of 30 different ideas. Choose 5 that appeal but that you might not think of in the moment. Make an anchor chart with those 5 and hang it somewhere you can see it easily if your partner is lecturing.