Co-Teaching That Works: Structures and Strategies for Maximizing Student Learning by Anne M. BeninghofGuaranteed success for the co-taught classroom For the increasing number of teachers working in co-taught classrooms, this book provides practical ideas for defining teacher roles, planning lessons, providing effective instruction, and maximizing the value of each team member. Former co-teacher and national presenter Anne Beninghof shares stories, and real-life co-taught lesson examples that emphasize creative yet time-efficient instructional strategies that lend themselves beautifully to the co-taught classroom. Teachers and instructional leaders at all levels and in a wide variety of content areas will find this book replete with valuable co-teaching guidance so that success is guaranteed.
Offers tips for effective teaching strategies for every type of team teaching situation imaginable Includes guidelines for successful team-teaching with specialists in technology; literacy; occupational/physical therapy; special education; speech-language therapy; ELL; gifted The author is an internationally recognized consultant and trainer This user-friendly, comprehensive book is filled with concrete ideas teachers can implement immediately in the classroom to boost student learning and engagement.
Alternative Teaching Model
There are several reasons why many schools have begun to adopt a co-teaching model in their classrooms. Class size laws in many states require a lower student to teacher ratio as do many individualized education plans. Co-teaching can even result in a better teaching experience for the teachers and the students, as long as the teachers get along. From an administrative perspective co-teaching is extremely attractive. Many states consider two teachers in one classroom of 40 adequate for a 20 classroom size limit.
Co-Teaching seems to be the trend for public schools. My school, like many others, is leaning towards a model that includes as many students as possible into the general education classroom. To make this work, many special education teachers are expected to co-teach. General education inclusion classes with the content area teachers to provide the necessary modifications and accommodations to the students on my caseload. In the meantime, there are great peer models coming from the general education population.
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I have been teaching here in Bangkok for three months now wow — time flies! These are just my opinions, and I am well aware of the fact that with whom I teach makes a huge difference. My situation here is very different. Rather than choosing my teammates, we were placed together based on subject and availability. So keep in mind that my opinions are unavoidably convoluted by these less-than-optimal circumstances. Oh and also keep in mind that I really like the teachers I work with. I teach the evens; he teaches the odds.
Looking for classroom management tips for team teaching and co-teaching? Learn from my personal experience with team teaching and hear from educators who have successfully implemented co-teaching, plus find links to other co-teaching and team teaching resources. Though some people use these terms interchangeably, team teaching usually refers to two general education teachers combining their classes or sometimes, switching classes and sharing responsibility for instruction. Co-teaching is two teachers one of whom is usually general education, and one is usually a special education or ELL teacher who are both responsible for a single group of students. I team taught during my sixth year of teaching due to an overcrowding situation. We had 65 third graders in one classroom while we were waiting for a new building to be constructed.