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Co-teachers SOS!

Jul 7, 2016 10:02am

Hello. I will be co-teaching this year for the first time. I'm very excited and seem to be planning in 10 different directions at once! Please slow me down and give me some advice/direction. Thanks.

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • 3-5
  • Class Culture / Differentiation / Planning / Special Education
  • Teacher Collaboration


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    • Jul 13, 2016 10:59am

      Marilyn Friend's book Co-Teach!: Building and Sustaining Effective Classroom Partnerships in Inclusive Schools is a quintessential text for helping support good co-teaching practices. I refer to or buy this book for teachers when I do PD in school districts...a solid practical guide backed with research...teachers report they have found it very helpful designing and trouble shooting challenges in their co-taught programs.

      • Jul 27, 2016 7:56am

        I co-taught last year, I hated it. I had no clue how to share the teaching responsibilities with my co-teacher. I was the lead all the time until I started to think about the other person in the room and realized that I had to involve the co-teacher more. If I had to co-teach in the future, I would follow your advice. Thanks!

        • Jul 8, 2016 1:33pm

          Thanks, Kristen. I especially appreciate the reminder that I should "...include the other person's voice and opinion..." That statement resonates, but will take some adjustment. So, I'm getting my mindset together- starting now! Thanks, again.

          • Jul 14, 2016 8:04am

            Thanks, David; will definitely check out that text. It's great to receive guidance from someone who conducts district wide PD; so glad you reached out!

            • Jul 27, 2016 11:36am

              Telita, thanks for sharing your perspective. Sounds as if the other teacher might have been in the same boat as you -unaware of how to co-teach. Either that, or she was simply happy to have you do most of the work.

              In the end, I think principals/districts should ensure that teachers receive the training necessary to implement such a challenging switch in methodology. Students benefit when teachers have clear procedures and standards. But, I'm not waiting on that.

              I've been studying this subject all summer, on my own, because I WILL be ready for my kids, and supportive of my co-teacher.

              Thanks, again. I'm sorry that you had a bad year, but your words inspire me to continue studying!

              Excellent resources for co-teaching: