InstructionINTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES SPED 23000 INSTRUCTOR: BRIAN FRIEDT
This week We are going to talk a lot about co-teaching. We’re not going to talk about a lot else. Inclusion (and, by extension, co-teaching) has popped up over and over in our discussions and in your writing. I feel good about broad instructional implications.
Read first! Read first this week! I’ll refer back to the Mastroipieri, Scruggs, and McDuffie piece a lot!
Co-teaching situations I will reference (you’ve heard about some of these over the semester) 10th grade biological science (Chad – six years) 9th grade integrated math (Lauren – one year) 10th grade transitions geometry (Dan – two years) 4th grade – (Linda and Kim – 4 years)
Things to keep in mind Equity Shared responsibility Planning Conscious creation of positive professional relationships Training Volunteering (?)
Definitions [Co-teachers are] equal partners in dynamic and interactive relationships (Walthers-Thomas, Bryant, Land, 1996). [Co-teaching is] a shared teaching space with a diverse student group, shared responsibility for planning and for instruction, and substantive teaching by both co-teaching partners (Rice and Zigmond, 2000).
Models One teach/one assist (and its cousins) Station teaching Parallel teaching Alternative teaching Team-teaching
One teach/one assist Research suggests that this is the dominant mode. It’s also the poorest use of the practice. It goes both ways. Cousins: One teach/one collect data (nice) One teach/one evaluate (dependent on good relationship) One teach/one go to meetings (reality)
Station teaching/parallel teaching Big benefits of co-teaching Smaller teacher to student ratio Increased instructional intensity Because of that, these two are total winners. Parallel: both teachers teaching the same thing Station: each teacher teaching something different Planning! Space!
Alternative teaching Really starting to dig into what accommodation and modification mean. This can wind up being something more restrictive than it intends to be. It can go in both directions.
Team teaching When you get this one right, it’s like a ballet. It’s hard to pull off. Planning! Relationship! Experience!
Collaboration Interesting stuff in the RTI + co-teaching piece Tier one: General education + special education consultation Tier two: General education + co-teaching Tier three: Individualized instruction (special education) You will collaborate without co-teaching.