Bachelor of Education, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Ontario 2008
Bachelor of Arts, Lakehead University, Ontario 2008
Primary and Junior Divisions July 2008
Senior Division: History June 2009
Intermediate Division: English July 2012
Religious Education, Part 1 July 2009
Special Education, Part 1 August 2011
Guidance and Career Education, Part 1 July 2013
Family Studies, Part 1 June 2014
Special Education, Part 2 December 2015
TBCDSB Collaborative Inquiry Plan
What is the inquiry topic/focus?
How does co-teaching affect teacher/student performance and engagement?
Why is this topic of importance to the team?
We want to discover if co-teaching:
-relates to increased student engagement
-contributes to higher academic success
-can diminish teacher stress
-can increase support for teacher and students in the classroom
What question will your inquiry follow?
Does having 2 teachers in the classroom engage students in taking an active role in their
**How do we get students to initiate their own learning?**
V. Crupi, K. Eade, V. DaSilva
Pope John Paul School
What does current research say about your question/topic?
Found in an online article from October 2014, an executive director of pupil services for schools
in Ohio states that having co-teaching allows the pairing of a learning specialist with a content
specialist. So while teachers specializing in content are teaching, learning specialists are
assessing whether students need extra help. She continues to add that co-teaching adds on the
spot staff development. This article says that co-teaching prevents students from slipping through
the cracks as well as students having the opportunity to enjoy having two teachers.
Another article we found from October 2014 also supports co-teaching. It states that in a middle
school, co-teaching can always look different depending on the day and the class. One teacher
may be instructing, while another checks student understanding. Both teachers may instruct and
offer two different styles and methods of presenting the same information. Or at times, each
teacher can offer work stations and one-on-one interaction with students. The students were
interviewed and said when they had two teachers, they paid more attention and it was more fun.
Students weren’t nervous to talk in front of the class and admitted that they became better
What do current ministry documents say?
Co-teaching boosts confidence of teachers. Teachers grow as a teacher and deepen their
understanding of curriculum content. “Two bodies and two brains can access that many more
students”. The dialogue and collaboration that takes place as a result of co-teaching has the biggest
effect on student learning.
What curriculum expectations does your inquiry focus upon?
B2. Inquiry: Perspectives on a Changing Society
FOCUS ON: Historical Perspective; Historical Significance
How does your inquiry relate to your School Improvement Plan?
Well Being: Teachers will be valuing students cultures, perspectives, interests and
achievements, as well as promoting decision making. Students will be using creative,
innovative and diverse perspectives to collaborate and think critically in the classroom.
Academic Success: Teachers will be designing relevant, rich, authentic tasks, and using
instructional strategies that increase collaboration, student voice, engagement and vocabulary.
The students will be taking risks, and engaging in problem solving, as well as working together
to promote discussion and challenge their thinking.
How will your team go about investigating your inquiry?
-utilizing engagement checklists
-pre (1 teacher) and post (2 teachers) diagnostic assessments
-questionnaire after 1 teacher, again after 2 teachers
-personal questionnaire (how we felt, compared to student responses)
How will your inquiry reflect the characteristics outlined in the Inquiry Monograph?
Outline the observation and documentation tools you plan to use for student learning.
-audio recordings in groups
How will your team capture changes in instructional practice? How will you document them?
-trial and error
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Catholic Education Week
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Teaching in Australia
After graduation, I gained
experience as an occasional
teacher here in Ontario for two
years. Then I followed my dream
to teach abroad. I taught in
Melbourne, Australia in 2010. I
worked as a Casual Relief
Teacher for 6 months and loved
every minute of it! ANZUK was
the agency that I worked for and
they were amazing! My time
spent teaching overseas has
definitely helped shape the
person and teacher I am today!