Co teaching advice

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  1. ms.h2006

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    I am a 1st year special ed teacher in an LRE facilitator position and I also teach two resources classes in my own room. So today was the first day of school and I am co teaching with 3 different teacher (social studies, science and language arts). Well the science teacher really doesn't see the need for me in her classroom and was like "well what do I do with you". I tried to explain that I was there to assist all the student, modify tests/assignments and work together with her to teach this class but she really does not seem interested at all. Can anyone give me some advice on what maybe to do or maybe a better description that I can give her to help her understand my role in her class...thanks
     
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  3. Ima Teacher

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    As the year progresses, I'm sure you can work something out. This is the first year in FOURTEEN YEARS that I've ever had somebody else in the room with me. I did have an aide once, but it was a joke and didn't last very long. This time I have real teachers in the room two hours per day. We're three weeks into school, and we're still trying to figure out what to do. One of the teachers and I have already figured out something to do. She also teaches health, so when my kids get to informational reading & writing, she's going to teach health-related issues. I'm going to talk with the other teacher about that as soon as I get a chance.

    Lots of people are feeling pretty awkward about the whole situation, but it's not that we don't want people in our rooms, but that we're unsure of exactly what they're supposed to do!
     
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    i am the "history specialist" and the LR teacher is the "learning strategies" specialist and I think this is the best...we plan together & everything! I love having her with me--we are each others back up and that how it has to be to be successful co-teachers. You are not just there to help modify, but to help plan too. Both the spec ed teacher and the general ed teacher should be working together and both teaching. This has worked great for us. Let me know if you have questions---Marilyn Friend does stuff on this- if you google her you get more...but here is her website:

    http://www.marilynfriend.com/

    She has great ideas on how co-teaching should & does work! I swear by it! I wish I co-taught all my classes. Its so beneficial for LR students.
     
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    I have co-taught for years. I am the "English Expert", as my partner calls me and she is the special ed teacher. We plan together as much as we can, and she is with me both of my LA blocks. Basically, we are equals. We BOTH teach lessons, we BOTH help kids. If the science teacher is resistant, give specific examples for her/him. Explain that you can take the notes to give to the students who need teacher notes AND the kids who were absent. Offer to help with grading. Offer to give lessons on HOW to read a textbook (most kids don't know), offer to find "real" reading sources on content (from magazines, websites, etc.).
    Co-teaching can be a rich expeirence for both the teachers and the students.
     
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    I am also coteaching this year, and I have decided that the more proactive I am - even if it seems a little pushy sometimes - the more respect and responsibility I will be given.

    I would suggest getting as involved as you can with the lesson planning - ask the science teacher for her next two week's lesson plans so you can prepare to coteach with her - and if she doesn't have them done, that's a good chance for you to suggest doing some planning together!

    I think it's also important to remember what her perspective on this might be. She may be feeling unnerved because it is "her" class and classroom (even though it's really the kids') and admin is sending you in because she won't be able to help all the kids as much as they need. Hopefully she will talk to the other teachers you are coteaching with and they will tell her what a benefit it is for them and the kids to have you in the room!
     
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    Just be patient, but don't get pushed around. Just like everyone else said, you should BOTH be doing the teacher. You are not an aide, or soley a disciplinarian. Emphasize that you are there to help all of the students, not just the SPED ones. I am in the same situation as you, and am surrounded by a bunch of gen ed teachers that were thrown into this co-teaching model without any training or preparation. I feel for both sides of the equation.
     
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    All this advice is great thanks everyone...i'm starting to feel a little better....:)
     

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