Beyond the rapport that teachers work to develop in all classes, co-teachers must take extra measures to connect to students with learning disabilities. Elizabeth Stein suggests ways to build rapport with kids who have a special learning history.
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In a new post at the Two Teachers in the Room blog, special educator Elizabeth Stein shares her ideal classroom: profiles a fatally flawed classroom; and offers steps to achieve the first & avoid the second.
The idea that we have “average” learners is a harmful myth, says special educator Elizabeth Stein. Researchers find lots of variability among learners in any sizable public school classroom – it’s not just the special ed kids that are “different.”
Current policies & practices supported by education reformers do not assure that students with disabilities can achieve Common Core standards, says special educator Elizabeth Stein. Inclusion students and teachers are trapped in a tangled web.
Goal setting, not resolution-making, can help develop “a co-teaching state of mind” that leads to stronger classroom partnerships, says special educator Elizabeth Stein. Make the most of collaboration, Stein urges, and keep the egos at bay.
Although professional development, administrative support & common planning time are all very important and necessary, writes Elizabeth Stein, what matters most in achieving effective inclusion is how the two teachers in the room are approaching the experience.
Johnny Cataffo, our first guest blogger at Two Teachers in the Room, has filled both the special and general educator role in the co-teaching partnership.
Special educator Elizabeth Stein has championed higher Common Core standards for her inclusion students but is beginning to question the relentless pace.
Co-teachers need to become connected educators, says Elizabeth Stein, and also apply the spirit of connectedness to collaborations in their own schools.
Elizabeth Stein details her work with a colleague in an English Language Arts classroom as they search for co-teaching models to best support the Common Core.