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1 Co-Teaching collaboration that makes a difference Educ. 501 Brian Verwolf


3 Co-Teaching is… O Simultaneous instruction, with a diverse group of students O Done with two or more teachers O Instruction within the same physical space O Done in a coordinated fashion O needs to be pre-planned O involved collaboration

4 Co-Teaching is… O A vehicle for school communities to move from feelings of isolation to feelings of community and collaboration O A method to meet the diverse needs of all students in the same classroom O A supportive and collaborative practice among professionals

5 Co-Teaching is not… O one person teaching one subject, followed by another who teaches a different subject O one person teaching while another is off using the Xerox machine in the teacher’s lounge O an assignment of someone to act as a tutor.

6 What does Research Say? O A study centered on the infusion of language skills (vocab, phonemic awareness) in urban kindergarten settings found that ELL students and native English speakers in a co-taught classroom (classroom teacher and an SLP) showed significantly greater gains than those in traditional classrooms. (Hadley, Simmerman, Long, and Luna, 2000)

7 What does Research Say? O A Georgia middle school found that students with and without disabilities showed significant increases on standardized tests in math and language arts after 2 years of co-teaching. In addition, there was a significant decrease in the numbers of students with chronic attendance problems. (Burns, 2010)

8 Student Benefits O Children with disabilities have access to general education curriculum O Reduces stigma often associated with “pull-out” model O Helps build stronger peer relations O Actually increases individualized instruction O Enhances academic performance

9 Teacher Benefits O Provides opportunity for professional growth O Forum to share knowledge, skills and resources with peers O Teachers in a resource role have more opportunity to increase understanding of the general curriculum and classroom expectations O Behavior Management

10 Teacher Benefits (cont.) O Builds repertoire as to how to adapt curriculum and/or modify the level of instruction to meet needs of students (*differentiation) O Promotes collaborative practice between teachers O Can increase communication between classroom teachers and teachers in a resource role

11 “One size does not fit all. Although co-teaching seems to be a promising practice, this does not mean that every student can have his/her educational needs met this way.” Kohler-Evans (2006) O Co-teaching isn't recommended for every situation. It works very well for: Student-teaching, inclusion situations, and other areas where need is greatest. However…

12 General Challenges O Lack of planning and organization O Planning time together O Relationship factors O Administrative support O Continuous investment of time O Fear of change O Poor communication O Definition of roles/following roles

13 Different Models of Co-Teaching O Lead and Support O Duet O Speak and Add/Chart O Skills Group O Station Teaching O Learning Style O Parallel Teaching O Adapting O Complementary Instruction

14 Lead and Support Model Teacher A o Is always the classroom teacher o Primarily responsible for planning a unit of instruction Teacher B o Is the teacher in a resource role o Shares in delivery, monitoring and evaluation

15 Duet Model Teacher A and Teacher B o Both teachers plan and design the instruction o Teachers take turns delivering various components of the lesson

16 Speak and Add/Chart Model Teacher A o Primary responsibility for designing and delivering Teacher B o Adds and expands with questions, rephrasing, anecdotes o Records key information on charts, transparencies, screen or board

17 Skills Group Model Teacher A and Teacher B o Students are divided into 2-4 groups based on instructional need o Each teacher takes primary responsibility for half the class o Teachers may switch groups occasionally

18 Station Teaching Model Teacher A o Responsibility for overall instruction Teacher B o Teaches small specific skills students have not mastered

19 Learning Style Model Teacher A and Teacher B o Both teachers share in the design and delivery of instruction o One teacher is primarily responsible for auditory and visual instruction o One teacher is primarily responsible for tactile and kinesthetic instruction

20 Parallel Teaching Model Teacher A and Teacher B o Both teachers plan and design o Class split into two groups o Each teacher takes a group for the entire lesson

21 Adapting Model Teacher A o Responsible for planning and delivering a unit of instruction Teacher B o Determines and provides adaptations for students who are struggling

22 Complementary Instruction Model Teacher A o Responsible for delivering core content Teacher B o Responsible for delivering related instruction in areas of study and survival skills

23 Stages to Co-Teaching O Beginning Stage O Compromising Stage O Collaborative Stage

24 Collaboration Stage is the Goal O Physical arrangement O Familiarity with curriculum O Curriculum goals and modification to level of instruction O Instructional presentation O Classroom management O Assessment

25 Collaboration Won’t Just Happen… O Deliberate O Structured O Systematic O Ongoing Steele, Bell, & George (2005)

26 “The practice of co-teaching has the potential to be a wonderful strategy for meeting the needs of all students. Working in partnership with another teacher, bouncing ideas off of one another, planning and orchestrating the perfect lesson, having two pair of eyes and four hands, creating something that is better than that which each partner brings …what better way to teach?” Kohler-Evans (2006)

27 Co-Teaching Resources O A Guide to Co-Teaching: Practical Tips for Facilitating Student Learning (Villa, Thousand, & Nevin, 2004) O The Co-Teaching Manual (Basson & McCoy, 2007) O Co-Teaching Lesson Planning Book (Dieker, 2007) O Guidebook for the Magiera-Simmons Quality Indicator Model of Co-Teaching (Magiera & Simmons, 2005) O Media.aspx?DocID=190,211,107,81,1,Docu ments&MediaID=3777 Media.aspx?DocID=190,211,107,81,1,Docu ments&MediaID=3777

28 References O Lawton, M. (1999). Co-Teaching: Are Two Heads Better Than One in an Inclusion Classroom? Harvard Education Letter. O Literature Review – Saskatchewan Ministry of Education O Professional Development Modules O Wagaman, J. (2008). Co-Teaching for Success with Special Needs Child – Teachers Working Together for Student Achievement.

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