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One teacher's look at starting team teaching for the first time.

One teacher's look at starting team teaching for the first time.

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  • 1. Our Students 100% of the Time Special Education for the Regular Education Teacher – Team Teaching By Mary Ignatowski September 2012
  • 2. Introduction Did you know our high school has had team teaching for years? This is not new. Last spring, regular education teachers were asked if they would be willing to team teach this year. There is no District plan/format required for team teaching. Each team is allowed to make professional decisions about how to proceed.
  • 3. Why Are We Team Teaching? Go to the following web site and complete the activity: h ttp://
  • 4. What is the 80/80 Rule? 63% of special education students need to be in regular classrooms 80% of the time. It’s commonly called the 80/80 Rule because each year the State is increasing the requirement. Eventually, we will be required to have 80% of our special education students in regular classrooms 80% of the time.
  • 5. Getting Started Watch the following two Arizona Advocates videos: How to Get Started in Special Education What Is A 504 Plan
  • 6. IEP & 504 – Follow the Rules You will have more special needs students than you ever had before. Read through their IEPs and 504s. Make sure you understand their accommodations. You MUST follow ALL accommodations.
  • 7. Mine, Yours, Ours Team Teaching does NOT mean you teach your regular ed students and the special ed teachers their special ed students. Every special ed student that walks in your door is YOUR student too! Both teachers are there to teach every student in the class. They are all OUR students 100% of the time.
  • 8. Getting Started Most regular education teachers have only a basic understanding about learning disabilities. Get your class list, IEPs & 504s and go to the following web site:
  • 9. Know Your Students Use your class lists, IEPs, 504s and the Hotlist to fill out your Organizational Chart. Identifying Our Students An Internet Hotlist on Learning Disabilities
  • 10. Know Your Team Team Teaching is NOT having an extra helper in the room. Team Teaching IS two professionals who are responsible for ALL the students on their team. Are you ready? Is your school ready?
  • 11. Two Checklists to Start With your teammate, fill in the School Readiness Checklist …
  • 12. Two Checklists to Start. . . And the Co-Teaching Checklist.
  • 13. Types of Co-Teaching Parallel Teaching Team Teaching One Teach, One Assist Station Teaching Alternative Teaching ntation.pdf
  • 14. What Do They Look Like? Go to the following web site for a good PDF presentation about Co-Teaching. It shows how each style would look in your room and explains strengths and weaknesses of each. ClassroomREVMAGPresentation.pdf
  • 15. Which Style? Who Does What? Once you decide on your team style, who will do what? Fill out the Roles & Responsibilities sheet.
  • 16. Who Does What? Continued. Roles & Responsibilites came from Dr. Ray A. Villa’s website. He also has suggestions for Teachers Actions During Co-Teaching
  • 17. Who Does What? Continued. Read Teacher Actions sheet. Now make it yours by filling out the Your Turn sheet for your team.
  • 18. Time to Begin You know the laws and contractual obligations. You have looked at your class lists and learned a little about teaching the special needs child. You have begun to build your cooperative team. Now it’s time to dive in!
  • 19. Our Students 100% of the Time Just remember, no matter what happens this year, no matter what team teaching style you choose, your students have the benefit of two professionals working with them this year. This year is not a matter of mine vs. yours. They are all OUR students, and together WE can offer them more. Good luck!
  • 20. Additional Resources Michigan Department of Education - Special Education,4615,7-140-6530_6598_31834---,00.html Co-Teaching Lessons Database Exercises to Simulate Disabilities Co-Teaching: General and Special Educators Working Together Co-Teaching A Tale of Two Teachers Teaching_Bost_Woodson_NBPTS_Conf_09.pdf The Ten Commandments of Team Teaching Tips & Strategies for Co-Teaching at the Secondary Level teaching-at-the-secondary-level.pdf