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The Co-Teacher's Playbook
What It Takes to Make Co-Teaching Work for Everyone

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152 pages | Corwin
Expert guidance for creating a successful partnership!

In today’s inclusive classrooms, general-education teachers might be paired with special-education teachers, ELL specialists, interventionists, or paraprofessionals in a co-teaching partnership. No matter your exact situation—or which side of the equation you’re on—co-teachers share similar challenges, including struggles with communication, trouble with equitable grading, and lack of planning time.

Whether you’re new to co-teaching, new to your partner, or just see room for improvement in the way you connect, it’s time to make the partnership really benefit your students. So grab a cup of coffee and your co-teacher—this hands-on workbook is designed for the two of you to use together. Features include:

Stories from experienced co-teachers
Reflective activities to help each of you discover your collaboration style
Reproducible lists, checklists, templates, agreements, and more to complete together
A downloadable unit-planning tool

When co-teaching is done well, the benefits for students are immeasurable. Let this guide’s expert advice and eye-opening activities take your co-teaching to a new level of success.
 
Introduction: Why This Book, and Why Me?
 
Chapter 1: Understanding
 
Introduction
What Is Co-Teaching?  
 
Activity: Frayer Model
 
Benefits of Co-Teaching
Activity: T-Chart  
 
Co-Teaching: What Does It Look Like in Today’s Classrooms?
 
General Ed and Special Ed Partnerships
 
General Ed and ESL/ELL Partnerships
 
General Ed and Specialist Partnerships
 
General Ed and Paraprofessional Partnerships
 
Activity: Taking Stock
 
Co-Teaching Structures
 
Reflection Questions
 
Conclusion
 
Tool 1: Welcome Letter to Students Template
 
Tool 2: Welcome Letter to Parents Template, Elementary
 
Tool 3: Welcome Letter to Parents Template, Secondary
 
Extension 1: Co-Teaching Scavenger Hunt
 
Extension 2: Create a Co-Teaching Vision Board
 
Chapter 2: Relating
 
Introduction
 
Activity: What I Bring to the Table
 
The Four Pillars of a Great Co-Teaching Partnership
 
Pillar 1: Respect
Activity: Reflect and Write  
 
Pillar 2: Communication
Activity: My Beliefs About Teaching  
Activity: Important Questions for Us to Discuss  
 
Vignette: R. K. Smith Middle School, Luling, LA
 
Pillar 3: Flexibility
Activity: My Preferences in the Classroom  
 
Understanding the Activity
 
Pillar 4: Humor
Activity: Let’s Humor Each Other!  
 
Being Prepared for the Highs and the Lows
 
Examples of Norms for Working Together
 
Examples of Norms for Weekly Meetings
 
Activity: Write Your Norms
 
Conclusion
 
Vignette: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
 
Tool 1: Our Goals
 
Tool 2: Protocols
 
Extension 1: Personality Tests
 
Extension 2: Learning More About Paraphrasing Skills
 
Chapter 3: Managing
 
Introduction
 
Planning for the Learning Environment
 
Advice for Establishing Routines and Procedures
 
Procedures, Consequences, and Recognition
 
Determining Who Will Handle What
Activity: Whose Job Is It?  
 
Conclusion
 
Tool 1: Student Compact
 
Tool 2: Positive Notes to Students
 
Chapter 4: Teaching
 
Introduction
 
Unit Planning
Activity: Unpacking the Standards and Creating Learning Targets  
Activity: Big Ideas and Essential Questions  
 
Summative Assessment
 
Daily Lessons
 
Effective Lesson Design
 
Planning for Ongoing Collaboration
 
Activity: Reflection Questions
 
Do’s and Don’ts for Co-Teaching Meetings
 
Tips for Calendaring Meetings
 
Conclusion
 
Tool 1: Unit Plan Template
 
Tool 2: Meeting Agenda and Template Examples
 
Tool 3: “Look-Fors” Co-Teaching Observation Form
 
Extension 1: Protocols
 
Extension 2: Student Surveys
 
Chapter 5: Assessing
 
Introduction
 
Assessment in General
 
Formative vs. Summative Assessment
 
Thinking about Formative Assessment
 
Activity: 30 Fun, Formative Assessment Ideas
 
Lesson Structure That Includes Formative Assessment
 
Activity: Reflect on the Lesson
 
Assessment Considerations for Co-Taught Classes
 
The Value of Pre-Assessment
 
Conclusion
 
Tool 1: Creating a Pre-Assessment
 
Appendixes
 
Appendix A: A Brief History of Co-Teaching
 
Appendix B: The Six Co-Teaching Structures Depicted Visually
 
Appendix C: Sentence Frames for Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Checking for Accuracy
 
Appendix D: Do Not Disturb Signs for Weekly Meetings

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Practitioners can use this workbook as a tool to get a good start on team teaching/co-teaching. It is well organized and well thought out. The personal experiences and vignettes are all relevant and show the good, the bad, and the ugly. It will be a big help to beginners and for those who want a second chance at making it work.

Claudia A. Danna
Sacred Heart University

This book is an excellent resource for teachers new to co-teaching. It is a resource both teachers should use to learn about each other and their teaching styles so they can ensure their classroom environment and teaching best serves their students.

Stacy Lemongelli
Perth Amboy Public Schools District

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ISBN: 9781544377629