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  Case: What co-teaching?
Mary's Sp.Ed. co-teacher never makes modifications for her language arts students when that period comes to her. Mary has been to the Sp.Ed. co-teacher to specifically ask for help for making modifications for her special needs students. When emailing the Sp.Ed. co-teacher the lesson plan for the upcoming week, Mary specifically asked the co-teacher what days she would like to teach. Instead of helping Mary out with the "co-teaching" and modifications, the Sp.Ed. co-teacher only points out mistakes that Mary has made on the lesson plan. When the co-teacher has been in Mary's room, she offers no help with the teaching for instruction and only helps one particular group during differentiated group activities. Mary has been to her administrator and the Sp.Ed. director about the Sp.Ed. co-teacher, and they suggested meeting with the co-teacher on a weekly basis to set up who would teach what and when. Since the Sp.Ed. co-teacher has not made any efforts to help Mary, what suggestions do you offer Mary to try to get the two teachers on the same page in sharing teaching responsibilities?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
With co-teaching strategies, one way to ensure that both teachers are delivering instruction is to use parallel teaching. In this method, both teachers are working with different students at the same time, usually in the same classroom. Rather than alternating who is teaching at certain times, this method of co-teaching gives both teachers a clear responsibility and goal throughout the class period. In addition, the students benefit from the use of differentiated instruction. Parallel teaching will require the co-teacher to take more responsibility in the teaching process, rather than just monitoring students during instruction. While a confrontation may be necessary, it may be more beneficial for the students and teachers involved to try a practical approach before creating dissension in the classroom.
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: This solution provides clearly defined roles for each teacher.
Rated On: October 17, 2015 3:12 pm
Rated By: eMaGeB