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1 Kim Trendel & Michelle Koenig Co-Teaching in the Middle School Regular Ed Math Classroom

2 Agenda Difference between Team- Teaching and Co-Teaching Benefits of Co-Teaching How do we make it work Assessment Accommodation vs. Modification What benefits/results have we seen?

3 Kim Trendel Nationally Board Certified- Exceptional Needs Specialist In my 12 th year of teaching at FPMS Cross-categorical teacher Teach self-contained math and resource. 5 th year co-teaching in regular education math classrooms.

4 Michelle Koenig Nationally Board Certified-EA Math 11 th year of teaching FHS & FPMS Currently teaching 8 th grade math & algebra 5 th year team teaching

5 Feedback Evaluations/ Feedback forms Please provide specific comments: –What did you learn? –How will you implement what you learned today? Any suggestions for improvement

6 Forest Park in Franklin Middle class suburban district 600 students in our school (about 300 per grade level) Grades 7 & 8 (ran out of room for grade 6) Organized in House system Specialist is assigned to each House (CWD or ELL)

7 Population of our Team- Teaching Hour Students labeled with a disability (SLD or OHI) Math Lab students Students that are basic or minimal on WKCE Students that struggle in math Students that “hate” math

8 Our Definition Equal partnership in planning and implementing curriculum, and assessing student work to best meet the needs of all students in the same classroom. There are different models to reach this goal based on instructional and student need. K. Trendel & M. Koenig 2010

9 Are all models of team- teaching the same? We think that there is a difference between team teaching and co- teaching. You will probably start team teaching but our goal is to get you to the co teaching level…this is where students will be taken to the next level.

10 What’s the Difference? Co-Teaching: Share in planning Share instruction load Share in creation of assessments Both actively assess student work *Embed specialized instruction* Team Teaching: Sharing in planning Share instruction load Share in creation of assessments Provide accommodations and modifications

11 Models Team-Teaching Monitoring Parallel Teaching Co-Teaching Active Partnership Differentiated Split Class Station Teaching

12 Monitoring Teacher This situation occurs when one teacher assumes the responsibility for instructing the entire class, while the other teacher circulates the room and monitors student understanding and behavior. Roles shift between teachers during the class period or week.

13 Parallel Instruction In this setting the class is divided into small 2 larger groups/smaller groups/partners and both teachers circulate and provide individualized support.

14 Parallel Teaching

15 Active Partnership The teachers actively share the instruction of content and skills to all students Examples: One teaches while one constructs concept map, dialog between teachers is exchanging and discussing ideas in front of learners

16 Monitor & Active Participation

17 Differentiated Split Class This type of teaching involves dividing the class into smaller groups according to learning needs. Each educator provides the respective group with the instruction required to meet their learning needs. This could be remedial or enrichment instruction. Flexible grouping

18 Station Teaching Students are divided into groups and rotate through organized stations. Both teachers are teaching at their own station. There are two ways to accomplish this task: Same material is taught but teacher stations address different learning styles or different material related to the same concept is taught in both teacher stations.

19 Station Teaching

20 Teacher Benefits of Co-Teaching Share work load (copies, lesson plans, assessments, classroom management) Someone to process ideas with Play off each other in the classroom Tag team with difficult students Share strengths Know “regular” classroom expectations and curriculum to benefit self-contained students Not a one way street Dealing with absent students

21 Student Benefits of Co- Teaching Getting caught up after an absence More individualized instruction SWD do not stand out Smaller teacher: student ratio More engaging environment More likely to ask for help Teachers are more accessible to students

22 Team-Teaching Tips Make the development of the team a top priority. Don’t just assume the team will work well together; work on making the group function at the top of its game. Students need to see teachers as equals Set clear goals for the team, and then ensure its activities lead to those goals.

23 More Tips… Communicate clearly and honestly to survive and grow stronger from conflict. Honor individual and team success. Assume responsibility for assigned roles. Be prepared for team discussions and work.

24 How do we make it work? Dedicated to this model Similar Philosophy (Grading, Classroom Management, children & Instruction) OUR classroom, OUR students Make time to meet & plan (outside of scheduled time) Open to new ideas & strategies Sense of humor Share the work load

25 Assessment Common Assessment –PLC teams: all large common assessments (3 reg ed & 1 spec ed) –Meet and agree on smaller scale quizzes Meet and agree on grading Special Ed teacher should participate in grading assessments

26 Accommodations vs. Modifications Difference Examples Handout

27 SY -2-5% points higher on tests compared to non- team teach hours -19 students increased or maintained their grades from 1 st to 4 th quarter SY -14 students increased or maintained their grades from 1 st to 4 th quarter What benefits/results have we seen?

28 Data ( SY) AssessmentTeam-Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Mod 1 Quiz Mod 1 Test A Mod 1 Test B Mod 2 Quiz Mod 2 Test A Mod 2 Test B Mod 3 Quiz Mod 3 Test A Mod 3 Test B Semester Exam Mod 4 Test A

29 Data ( SY) AssessmentTeam-Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Mod 5 Quiz Mod 5 Quiz # Mod 5 Test A Mod 5 Test B Mod 6 Quiz Mod 6 Test A Mod 6 Test B Semester Exam

30 Data ( SY) AssessmentTeam-Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Mod 1 Quiz Mod 1 Test A Mod 1 Test B Mod 2 Quiz Mod 2 Test A Mod 2 Test B Mod 3 Quiz Mod 3 Test A Mod 3 Test B Mod 4 Quiz

31 Data ( SY) AssessmentTeam-Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Mod 5 Quiz Mod 5 Test A Mod 5 Test B Mod 6 Quiz Mod 6 Test A Mod 6 Test B

32 Data ( SY) AssessmentTeam-Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Independently Taught Class Ave (%) Mod 1 Quiz Mod 1 Test A Mod 1 Test B Mod 2 Quiz Mod 2 Test A Mod 2 Test B Mod 3 Quiz Mod 3 Test A Mod 3 Test B Mod 4 Quiz Mod 5 Quiz

33 What results have we seen? Student comments  “We get help faster.”  “We cover more material.”  “It is more fun.”  “You can learn two different ways to do math and pick the one that works for you.”

34 More student comments...  Q: What worked well for you this year? A: Having 2 teachers.  “When I started working with Mrs. Trendel & Mrs. Koenig it (math) got easier.” (This student was moved into our co- teaching class mid-year.  “We have a lot of fun and learn a lot, too.”

35 Even more student comments...  “I actually liked math class this year.”  “I will never forget the niceness of my teachers, how much I’ve learned, and the wonderful experience of math with you two.”

36 What results have we seen? Parent comments  “Jeff actually likes math this year.”  “These are the best math grades Cody has ever received.”  “My daughter tells me she LOVES your class! [Student] is dyslexic. All odds were against her. Keep up the great work.”

37 More Parent Comments!  Because of you and your teaching methods my daughter who did NOT like math and could not read until the 4 th grade now not only LOVES math, but embraces it. The biggest part of the success is you are a TEAM! You’re both funny and make learning fun... The Math Divas!! You both take extra time if you see someone does not get it. You have a song and dance for everything... You make the kids not only laugh but also REMEMBER.  I can only hope the Franklin Public School system knows how LUCKY they are to have a team of great teachers like you and Mrs. Trendel.

38 What benefits/results have we seen? To the teachers -Inclusion of special ed teachers in the departments -Special ed teachers seen as teachers instead of just “helper” in the room -Sharing of teaching strategies -Benefit for special ed to see the expectations in regular ed classroom

39 What benefits/results have we seen? What is our district’s response? -Expanded to a second hour for Mrs. T -Making it the focus for other special education teachers (where applicable, possible, and workable), especially at the high school level -Offering a class to expand this practice to other classrooms/levels/schools

40 A strong team includes a variety of different teaching styles. " Students will respond differently to these different teachers. … It is also essential that the teachers value and support each other in those roles." -- Glen Lawson

41 Feedback Evaluations/ Feedback forms Please provide specific comments: –What did you learn? –How will you implement what you learned today? Any suggestions for improvement

42 Enjoy this clip while filling out the feedback form

43 Contact Info Kim Trendel- Spec Ed i.us Michelle Koenig- Reg Ed us


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