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.
Category: Two Teachers in the Room
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.
With passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act Elizabeth Stein says co-teachers must continue to keep their eyes on the prize of student achievement, continuing to ask: How does this law translate into my school? Into my classroom? And with my students?
This week Elizabeth Stein is giving thanks for research she’s discovered showing the power of gratitude. No surprise, she has ideas about using the research to strengthen co-teaching. Further, she invites readers to join her in being thankful for IDEA on its 40th Anniversary.
As weeks turn into months, co-teachers can look back to gauge how well their partnership is working and then consider adjusting their practice to benefit all students. Elizabeth Stein suggests revisiting and implementing four tried and true co-teaching models.
As teachers go about shifting their co-teaching language to promote collaboration and a professional growth mindset, there are some communication situations that just scream “watch your thoughts,” says co-teaching coach Elizabeth Stein. She identifies five.