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  • Six Models of Co-Teaching
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Co-Teaching in a Virtual Setting

Are you co-teaching in a virtual setting like Zoom or Google Meet? 

Here is a look at the 6 models of co-teaching how you could utilize them in a virtual platform.

  • Parallel Teaching - Typically parallel teaching occurs when the students are divided into two groups while instructors deliver the same information. Teaching virtually? Try breakout rooms! Each teacher can teach the same content, at the same time, to both groups of students!
  • One Teach, One Observe - In a school building this is when one teacher teaches and the other observes the interactions and learning of the students. In a virtual setting, this can still take place. Once the session is over, ensure you are collaborating to review the notes taken by the observer and the impact that has on content and instruction moving forward. 
  • One Teach, One Assist - Traditionally this looks like one teacher delivering instruction while the other assists students who are working as the need arises. This could be utilized in zoom by having students use the chat feature to privately chat with the second teacher. The opportunity for a quick breakout room if the student needs can also be a possibility to carry out this model of instruction. 
  • Small-Group Teaching/Stations - While in the traditional classroom this looks like students working in small groups working to get content. Each group rotates to the next small group/station to get additional pieces of content. Virtually, this could be managed in breakout rooms. The teachers could be reassigned to the rooms and essentially "rotate" to the different groups of students. Consider adjusting your screen sharing and chat settings to off for additional safety measures. You may also consider talking with your district about small group work and having adults in each room.  
  • Team Teaching - In this model, both teachers take turns delivering instruction at the same time. Virtual platforms allow multiple people to speak and take turns so this can easily be done on that type of platform. Using digital tools like Zoom polls, PearDeck, Google Classroom, Class Dojo, and others will also allow teachers to manage content, have students interact, and be more effective with delivering instruction.

Our Keystone AEA Co-Teaching page on the Keystone website is full of valuable information.

Additional Information and Resources

To read information about what the 6 models of co-teaching are, including links to videos and additional resources, please visit our Keystone Co-Teaching website.



If you or someone in your district is co-teaching and would like individualized feedback, email Tasha Fritz to begin the conversation.




Keystone AEA Contacts:

Brea Baxter
Patricia Lehmann
Shelby Schumacher
Tasha Fritz

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