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Co-Teaching - Making it Work

There is a lot of great information in the last issue of Educational Leadership Magazine recently. I have co-taught with a lot of different teachers at different grade levels.

To Clone or Not to Clone

One of the biggest challenges I faced with co-teaching was keeping myself from stepping on the other teacher's toes (so to speak). I was constantly thinking about keeping a respectful boundary from the other teacher. This checklist below would be invaluable if I was still co-teaching today.

It sounds really simple, but writing down the responsibilities of each teacher could help tremendously.

Figure 1. Collaborative Teaching Responsibilities Checklist

Directions: Discuss the following questions with your partner and reach a conclusion in each case regarding who will bear the responsibility for the tasks.
Who will be responsible for
Classroom Teacher
Identifying goals and objectives for the course?
Designing individualized objectives for the target students?
Planning instructional activities to achieve the goals?
Selecting and organizing instructional materials?
Teaching specific class content?
Teaching study skills and learning strategies?
Collecting data on student performance?
Establishing and implementing grading procedures?
Establishing and implementing a classroom management plan?
Maintaining home contact?
Modifying and adapting curriculum and materials as necessary?
Designing tests and homework assignments?
Providing individual assistance to students?
Taking care of daily routines (for example, attendance, lunch counts)?
Directing paraeducators, parent volunteers, and other support personnel?
Communicating to all appropriate parties regarding the target students?
Source: Adapted from Co-Teaching That Works: Structures and Strategies for Maximizing Student Learning (p. 31), by Anne M. Beninghof, 2012. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Copyright © 2012 by Anne M. Beninghof. All rights reserved. Adapted with permission.

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