Co-teaching has its advantages, but be sure to understand that it also has its challenges. The most common complaint I`ve heard from colleagues in co-teaching partnerships is that it`s difficult to work with someone whose teaching style and philosophy differ from yours. In my own experience, success depends less on similar philosophies than on openness and compromise. If you`re partnering with someone who sees learning and teaching differently, be sure to talk about it. Consider this a chance to expand the scope of your practice by incorporating multiple styles into your teaching. Thank you very much for this article. This is very current for me, because this year, my school is experimenting with more co-teaching situations. Of course, time is always the culprit, because planning is so important for a co-teaching partnership to work well. I am grateful to have a collaboration specialist and can see how this relationship has matured since the beginning of the school year.
When Susan proposed to her physical science partners a tactile method, quiz, to check the periodic table, they were skeptical about the time and materials it might require. They first thought it would be more effective to simply give extra grades to their students, and then couple the students to question one another. But they agreed to try the verification in Susan`s way. Students enjoyed the activity, and almost all students with special needs passed the chapter test two days later. The three teachers were enthusiastic and committed to using the activity in the coming years. If you`re already in a co-teaching partnership that isn`t working well and you`ve tried to tackle it with your partner, then contact a trusted administrator for advice. If you and your co-teacher have not been observed lately, ask the administrator to participate in part of a lesson. Tell her or her what you want, or what you feel like it`s not working well.
Debriefing with the administrator, ideally with your co-teaching partner. If an observer offers you both data and feedback, your partner may feel different from sharing things from your perspective. (This co-teaching observation form can help.) Obviously, this type of planning takes a lot of time, ideally before the start of the school year. I also really enjoyed the links to additional tools that help ask some first questions to identify teaching and working styles! I love practical advice. Co-teaching is such a beautiful thing when it is done well, but so painful when it is done badly. It`s like a tap dance, and that`s where you`ve so beautifully arranged the steps. Thank you! One teaches, the other observes: one teacher gives lessons while the other observes the students` learning. Normally, the observer collects data on students` understanding so that the co-teaching team can better plan future teaching. Sometimes some students are closely monitored so that teachers can define new strategies for them. This is an awesome article. I have been an intervention specialist for many years and have used resource space, indrau and co-teaching models.
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