Have you ever been told that teachers in co-taught classrooms shouldn’t be distinguishable? Special educator Elizabeth Stein never felt comfortable with that concept, and a recent workshop with co-teaching expert Marilyn Friend helped her understand why.
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Educators need to move beyond the dream of an idealized co-teaching experience, says instructional coach Elizabeth Stein. We need to make co-teaching work inside the reality of today’s schools. Stein believes the answer lies in Specially Designed Instruction.
Elizabeth Stein’s five-step checklist for teachers can help students who learn differently achieve their personal best in today’s Common Core classrooms. Accommodations should bridge gaps and remove barriers but preserve as much independence as possible.
Teachers in every subject and type of classroom can tailor Common Core instruction to individual student needs using the Universal Design for Learning strategies, says instructional coach Elizabeth Stein, who provides a wealth of helpful resources.
Whether connected educators are collaborating online or in person, says Elizabeth Stein, “they are constantly on a mission to provide deep, powerful learning for their students through multiple means of accessing the rich content of the Common Core.”
Elizabeth Stein believes Jim Knight’s instructional partnership approach to coaching can also benefit co-teachers as they build a relationship. Stein describes how Knight’s seven core principles point the way to a dynamic co-taught learning community.
Elizabeth Stein is now an instructional coach, working with many educators in co-teaching situations. She reflects on the characteristics of effective partnerships, including some that require us to leave comfort zones.
This summer Elizabeth Stein provided PD support to colleagues during a successful “camp” that helped struggling students develop a growth mindset & more academic confidence. Reflecting back, she draws 3 connections between mindfulness & co-teaching.
Co-teaching? Take a moment to reflect about on the year just past. What action steps did you take to amplify learning for you and your students? Elizabeth Stein recalls her action steps and shares 5 questions to help co-teachers do summer planning.
Our Two Teachers in the Room blogger shares her expertise for an upcoming online course. How can teachers create and maintain a successful co-teaching relationship? Elizabeth Stein answers questions from learning consultant Barbara Flanagan.