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The Co-Teacher's Playbook

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

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September 2019 | 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.
About the Author
Introduction: Why This Book, and Why Me?
Chapter 1: Understanding
What Is Co-Teaching?  
Activity: What’s Your Definition?  
Benefits of Co-Teaching  
Activity: The Benefits of Co-Teaching  
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 Interventionist Partnerships  
General Ed and Specialist Partnerships  
General Ed and Paraprofessional Partnerships  
Activity: Taking Stock  
Co-Teaching Structures  
Reflection Questions  
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
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 in Luling, Louisiana  
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  
How to Handle an Uncooperative Co-Teacher  
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
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?  
Tool 1: Student Compact  
Tool 2: Positive Notes to Students  
Chapter 4: Teaching
Unit Planning  
Activity: Unpacking the Standards and Creating Learning Targets  
Activity: Big Ideas and Essential Questions  
Creating the Unit  
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  
Tool 1: Unit Plan Template  
Tool 2: Meeting Agenda Templates and Examples  
Tool 3: “Look-Fors” Co-Teaching Observation Form  
Extension 1: Protocols  
Extension 2: Student Surveys  
Chapter 5: Assessing
Assessment in General  
Formative versus Summative Assessment  
Thinking about Formative Assessment  
Activity: Thirty 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  
Tool 1: Creating a Pre-Assessment  
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


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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