Should the curriculum in a co-teaching classroom setting look different from a typical general education classroom? That’s the most frequently asked question co-teacher coach Elizabeth Stein encounters about inclusive classrooms. The answer? Read on.
Category: Two Teachers in the Room
Communication is the oxygen in the room when we want any relationship to work. But communication and co-teaching can be a tricky business. Elizabeth Stein looks at surefire ways to make your co-communications work as you speak up for all the students.
Elizabeth Stein’s recent Eureka moment for creating positive co-teaching partnerships (no matter what!) comes down to one seemingly simple (yet possibly confusing) statement from a colleague: “Let’s just bring curiosity to it.” Here’s how.
Start now! Once you take the time to focus on moments from last year, and then reflect and stretch your thinking beyond your own perspective, your mind will be set for opening up to meaningful co-teaching relationships and more student success in 2015-16.
The essence of co-teaching consists of collaboration, communication, and compassion, says coach Elizabeth Stein. When any co-teaching pair makes these three ideals their everyday targets for teaching and learning together, they’ll have a successful partnership.
If you find yourself moving from one co-teaching situation to the next or being placed in a co-teaching situation for the first time, read veteran special educator Michele Simonetty’s useful advice for successful adaptation that assures all kids will learn.
It can be a challenge to find time for co-teachers to attend a traditional workshop with their colleagues. Fortunately, workshops are not the only way to learn about effective co-teaching! Expert Anne Beninghof shares eight great time-saving alternatives.
Collaborating teachers share the energy of co-teaching models: alternative, parallel, station, and team teaching. With the summer countdown underway, it’s a perfect time to reinvigorate your teaching by taking those models to class, says Elizabeth Stein.
Teaching responsibilities pile high this time of year, writes teacher-coach Elizabeth Stein, and it’s important to keep our professional and personal lives “in the moment.” Stein shares ideas and resources to help fellow educators accomplish both goals.
Students learn by connecting prior knowledge with new information. Elizabeth Stein urges teachers to meld the insights of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Universal Design for Learning concepts “to create access to higher level thinking and actions in your classrooms.”