Downloadable Files List
1. Perpendicular Co-Teaching Explained
2. Introducing Perpendicular Co-Teaching to Students
a. Picture Slideshow for Presentation
3. Planning Sheets
a. 15 Day Unit
b. 20 Day Unit
c. Individual Lesson Plans Sheet (Whole Group)
d. Individual Lesson Plans Sheet (Divided Class)
4. Letter Home to Parents
a. English Version
b. Spanish Version
5. Weekly Student/Parent Communication Sheet
Perpendicular co-teaching is one of two strategies described on this site that take the basic concept of parallel teaching and point it in a different direction. Where parallel teaching divides the class up for the sake of presenting the same information in two different ways, perpendicular teaching is used to teach different concepts at the same time. How this is accomplished, and some examples of when it can be handy, are included in our "Perpendicular Co-Teaching Explained" handout.
It is worth noting that the function of perpendicular teaching is not to separate the class by designation. In other words, one group shouldn't be predominantly special ed or ESL. In fact, it tends to work most effectively when both groups are relatively heterogeneous.
Imagine being halfway through a unit on paragraphing, and realizing that a third of the class seems to have already mastered that skill. This co-teaching technique gives you the opportunity to seperate those kids from the rest and start preparing them for your next planned focus area (or teach them a skill you might not otherwise have time to cover) while continuing to work with the rest of the class on organization.
Now let's say that, once the paragraphing unit is finished, a grammar unit is due to start. If you've had the opportunity to prep some of the students ahead of time, you'll be able to utilize group work in new and effective ways. For example, students could work in groups of three with one pre-taught student in each group (designated as the group's "leader"), or pre-taught students could develop mini workshops on various aspects of the skill.