Collaboration/Co-Teaching

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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Co-Teaching Rating Scale

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

The New Year is underway, and the school year is nearing a midway point for many, so we figured it’s time for some reflection. That’s why this week’s FREE tool, is a nifty Co-teaching Rating Scale to help you and your teaching partner evaluate your work and improve communication. So put your self-reflective glasses on and get ready for questions ...

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Tips for Parallel Teaching Success

This week’s FREE tool is a list of tips to help you achieve parallel teaching success. Coordinating space and time with your coteacher are crucial elements to conducting effective lessons side-by-side. This week’s tool gives you the quick and dirty on chair placement, use of space, noise control, and time management. It comes from the CEC book Leading the Co-Teaching ...

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Ideas for Increasing Team Communication

August is almost upon us, so this week’s FREE Tool of the Week is for administrators and co-teachers who are gearing up for the new school year. This table provides at-a-glance suggestions for improving communication among students, parents, teachers and administrators. It comes from CEC’s book, Leading the Co-Teaching Dance, where the author identifies communication as the first of four ...

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Transition Collaboration Strategies Survey

For many educators, slower summer schedules give teachers time to breathe and do a little housekeeping. So we chose a self-reflective tool for this week’s FREE Tool of the Week. This Transition Collaboration Strategies Survey asks Transition Specialists to reflect on their collaborative skills to identify areas they might develop over the coming school year. The survey comes from the ...

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Thinking Questions and Cognitive Thinking Guide

This week’s Tool of the Week, Thinking Questions and Cognitive Thinking Guide, comes from USTARS~PLUS Science and Nonfiction Connections, a book of lesson plans organized around Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive thinking. In accordance with the USTARS method, the questions support a range of thinking levels to scaffold learning.  

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Communication Skills Checklist

Good communication skills require a higher level of self-awareness to gain an understanding of personal styles of communication. This Tool of the Week helps teachers identify areas of strength and needs in communication skills that are important components for successful teaming. This Tool of the Week comes from Collaborate Smart: Practical Strategies and Tools for Educators.

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Tips for Using Co-Planning Time More Efficiently

To effectively and efficiently promote development, learning, and achievement by students with exceptionalities, special education must coordinate their efforts with a host of others who support that child’s learning. This week’s Tool provides tips for how teachers can efficiently plan together, even with limited time. This Tool of the Week comes from Co-Teaching & Collaboration: A Collection of Articles From ...

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