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Co-teaching in the New Learning Landscape: Best Practices for Collaborative Remote Teaching

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Courtney Dayhuff  
Jacquelin Fink  

Learn about ready-to-adapt best practices for physically present co-teachers/parents and collaborating remote teachers. Presenters developed these practices in a decade-long international partnership but apply them to current conditions. Leave with a toolkit that covers pre-lesson to post-lesson and everything in between.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Android, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Our presentation is device agnostic and will utilize web-based tools that require no participant downloads.
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This presentation addresses the current educational challenge many teachers and parents face this school year in the migration of in-person classes to fully online classes or blended/hybrid classes. One important consideration is the relationship with co-teaching colleagues and the supervising parents. The purpose of this presentation is to provide participants with a live model and explanation of an international remote partner teaching model (a popular, award-winning whole group model developed since 2008 between Tsai Hsing School in Taipei, Taiwan, Xing Kong School in Kunshan, China, and remote teachers in America and Canada) and to apply the model’s best practices. Importantly, the presenters will model the best practices - not just lecture about them - and will introduce high-level questions and activities (verbally and through online collaborative tools) that require participants to process the new information and apply it to their co-teaching relationships in a remote-learning setting. These tips can also be adapted and applied to relationships with parents, who may be acting as co-teachers since they are physically present with the students (especially with young learners). The overall learning objective for the presentation is that participants will be able to employ a variety of strategies to facilitate and manage co-teaching relationships that result in enriched remote learning environments.


Intro (5 mins)
Intro topic, presenters
Device-based activity: summary of participant experience with remote teaching and current mood assessment around the topic (thumb-ometer)

Research on co-teacher relationship models (5 mins)
Present research
Device-based activity: pop quiz! Which is which?

Pre-lesson co-teaching best practices (15 mins)
Introduce Taiwanese co-presenter(s) via video conferencing
Importance of establishing and maintaining a personal working relationship
Model pre-lesson planning meeting of activities for ISTE 21 presentation on co-teaching best practices (how meta!)
Planning activities
Available tech & teacher proficiency therein
How to make tech seamless
Practice from student view
Pacing / chunking according to online medium & lack of in-person support
Establish tech language routines
Establishing roles & responsibilities from list of best practices
Device-based activity: how to apply these best practices to at-home learning / participant-specific scenarios
Share results

Teaching the lesson (15 minutes)
Model teaching of this very presentation (how meta!) with Taiwanese coteacher
Getting started routines
Transition protocols
Interruption protocols
Troubleshooting protocols
Finishing the lesson
Device-based activity: how to apply these best practices to at-home learning / participant-specific scenarios
Share results

Post-lesson (10 minutes)
Best practices for collecting, incorporating feedback from all stakeholders
Special attention to cultural considerations
Device-based activity: how to apply these best practices to at-home learning / participant-specific scenarios
Share results

Application (10 minutes)
Introduce several remote teaching scenarios (either prepared or from participants) and workshop solutions based on best practices
Share results

Supporting research

The following resources were consulted for the "research" portion of the presentation; however, the majority of the information is learned from direct experience over the past decade.

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Courtney Dayhuff, Banyan Global Learning
Jacquelin Fink, Banyan Global Learning

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