Staff who are interested in becoming a cooperating teacher should review the following checklist to determine if they are a good candidate for the position.
The Minnesota State University, Mankato program requires that each Teacher Candidate co-plan/co-teach for 60-70% of the time, with solo planning and teaching the balance of the time. Working as a co-teacher within the MSU design, it is necessary that you are willing and able to engage in the following:
- Participate in co-teaching/mentoring training and content;
- Use joint decision-making with a Teacher Candidate how to best offer instruction – engage in substantive co-planning;
- Use a range of approaches/models in teaching their students;
- Collaborate with others for best results;
- Discuss logistical issues to improve teaching and learning;
- Participate fully in daily and/or on-going co-planning with their co-teaching partner;
- Give substantive input into all co-taught lessons;
- Be an active co-teaching partner in developing the curriculum, lessons, materials and assessments for each teaching session;
- Carry out each co-taught lesson to the fullest extent with their MSU Teacher Candidate partner;
- Utilize a wide variety of co-teaching models for instruction throughout the student teaching timeframe (e.g. One Teach, One Observe; One Teach, One Support; Station Teaching, Parallel Teaching, Alternative Teaching, Team Teaching);
- Assume all roles in the various co-teaching models;
- Serve as an on-going teaching mentor to your Teacher Candidate;
- Provide feedback to your Teacher Candidate; and
- Reflect, assess, and evaluate the co-teaching partnership for assets and challenges.