Co-teachers have the opportunity to guide a transformation in the way students view themselves as learners and the way teachers and parents view educating diverse learners. Coach Elizabeth Stein describes four steps along the path to becoming an agent of change.
Category: Two Teachers in the Room
The general educator’s perspective is critical as special educators strive to strike a balance and co-teach effectively. Elizabeth Stein queried two co-teaching general ed teachers and asked them to choose a color that represented their co-teaching experience.
Teaching coach Elizabeth Stein wants every co-teacher to develop the moral courage “to speak up, reach out, and do what is right in the face of forces that might lead a person to act in some other way.” She shares three powerful ways to work toward this goal.
Many students with disabilities struggle to gain the language, social, or pragmatic skills they need to be self-advocates. Elizabeth Stein shares resources that can help co-teachers empower students to truly take charge of their learning and their lives.
Our brain’s executive function allows us to control and organize our thoughts and behaviors. All students in the middle grades – not just those with special needs – can benefit from scaffolding as they strengthen these abilities. Elizabeth Stein tells how.
With Spring comes the opportunity to take another crack at co-teaching barriers that keep students from reaching their learning potential. Elizabeth Stein invites co-teachers to drop shoulders, flex legs, and push those barriers aside! Coaching tips included.
What instructional decisions and teaching techniques work best to move students beyond mere compliance to active and engaged learning? Elizabeth Stein shares some favorites, including regular movement, an inviting environment, and plenty of voice and choice.
Setting goals with students is necessary but not sufficient, writes co-teaching coach Elizabeth Stein. Co-teachers must then focus their attention on helping students develop actionable steps to achieve the goal, with teacher guidance all along the way.
For Elizabeth Stein, the foundation that undergirds successful classrooms is student engagement. How do teachers measure the depth of their engagement and reinforce it? Stein shares ideas and resources about curiosity-building, effective feedback and more.
Halfway through the school year, it’s time for co-teachers to examine the learning culture they’ve created in their classrooms, says instructional coach Elizabeth Stein. She offers three steps co-teachers can take to improve toxic or separatist relationships.