Collaboration/Co-Teaching

Parity. Not Parroting!

Solid co-teaching partnerships don’t rely on the expertise and authority of one teacher while the other teacher simply supports or repeats what is said. In effective partnerships, students benefit from the unique strengths and expertise of both teachers in a classroom characterized by mutual respect, shared authority, and equal responsibility. Do you have this kind of parity in your co-teaching ...

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Group Think at its Best

Special educators don’t work in a vacuum. To best serve students, they must collaborate with colleagues, administrators, and other service providers. So, how to avoid having too many cooks in the kitchen? To help teams of educators work well together, this week’s FREE tool is a worksheet for group reflection. It asks team members to answer a set of questions ...

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Schedules You Can Sail Through

Administrators, we have our eye on you with this week’s FREE tool—a table full of scheduling guidelines to help you keep your ship sailing smoothly! By following these tips, you’ll discover how small things like setting limits you can follow and seeking feedback from staff can help you create a schedule that works for everyone. The tool comes from CEC’s ...

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All About You

Collaboration: who knew it was all about you! This week’s FREE tool is a set of questions to help you explore the thought processes you use when forming partnerships. Use the questions for personal reflection or as discussion prompts to help you and your collaborative team members understand one another better. The questions come from “Collaborate Smart: Practical Strategies and ...

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Accommodate. Collaborate.

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

The school year is underway and everyone is settling into their new routines. To make that easier, this week’s FREE tool is an accommodations checklist to help keep you organized. Now that you’ve gotten to know your students, take a minute to fill it out so you can keep track of the accommodations your students need for both testing and ...

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Making the grade

Co-teachers must collaborate on so many things: classroom arrangement, teaching styles, methods of instruction, and finally, grading, the subject of this week’s FREE tool. How do you feel about retakes? Do you prefer letter grades or portfolios? What is your homework policy? Answer these questions and more on your FREE tool with your co-teacher to be sure you’re on the ...

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Co-Teaching & Collaboration: A Collection of Articles

Co-teachers, this one’s for you! If you’ve settled into a comfortable routine over the course of the year, it’s time to change things up. This week’s FREE tool is a table with nifty visuals to help you rethink your co-teaching arrangement. Are you parallel teaching? Team teaching? This table will remind you to try something new. It comes from CEC’s ...

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Leading the Co-Teaching Dance

If you’re an administrator or a co-teacher you’re going to love this week’s FREE tool. It’s a chart with guidelines for assessing co-teacher proficiency. Administrators can use it to structure co-teaching evaluations; and co-teachers can use it to set goals and self-evaluate. Everyone can aspire for the rating “DARN, THEY’RE GOOD!” The chart comes from CEC’s Leading the Co-Teaching Dance: Leadership ...

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Paraprofessionals

This week’s FREE tool is a list of sample paraprofessional tasks and activities to help teachers distinguish between instruction and support in the classroom. This list will help paraprofessionals draw boundaries around what they should and shouldn’t be asked to do for students. It will also show teachers the valuable support services paraprofessionals can provide. And finally, co-teachers can refer ...

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Collaborate Smart

Sharing responsibilities in the classroom can be as touchy as sharing responsibilities around the house! That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a checklist to help you and your co-teacher work out the who-does-what of co-teaching. The checklist, “Responsibilities of Co-Teachers” can be used to plan a future course of action or to evaluate current expectations. Fill it out together, ...

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