Collaborating with Colleagues

Collaborating with Colleagues
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  • Introducing Co-Teachers 
  • Good-morning, Mr. Jones I would like to team you up with Mrs. Smedley, who we just hired as the new resource room teacher. I know you two will be a great team and be able to co-teaching together. 
  • Mr. Jones, I have years of experience with students in Special Education. I like having open communication with my co-teacher and also reassure every decision we make will be in best interest of our students. When can we start building a plan together and goals for the students. 
  • Thank you, Mrs. Frerks. Nice to meet you Mrs. Smedly what can I do to help you transition well to a new school and co-teaching? 
  • One Teaching, One Observing 
  • By observing the class it looks like Maddie and Sam are both confused about the topic. I will see if they participate and give them my support as needed. 
  • Hello class, this week we will be learning about the 4 stages of the butterflies life cycle. 
  • We are working on the  Letter "L", Color "Green", Number "5" and the Shape "Circle". Can you all sing "5 Little Speckled Frogs" with us? 
  • One Teaching, One Assisting
  • I remember LETTER "L".
  • Mr. Diaz, do you remember the remainder of our weekly focus and the song we will be singing for our number?
  • Okay class we are going to review our weekly focus. Do you remember our LETTER, COLOR, SHAPE, and NUMBER of our week?
  • When a principal has to pair teachers that will do well co-teaching with one another it can be difficult. The principal has so many things to consider when doing this. When co-teaching it is important both educators actively participate in presenting the lesson, share responsibility, take responsibility in student learning, and acquire instructional resources and space (Friend, 2008).
  • Station Teaching 
  • I will be going over some key terms that you will be hearing as we go through our unit of the water cycle: Precipitation, evaporation, condensation
  • Hello class, I will be drawing the steps of the water cycle. 
  • Co-teaching when needing to collect data on students is very helpful. There is an educator who is teaching the class while the other observing the class and collecting data on the few students who might have behavioral issues, learning English, or not at grade level in the subject. This can help enhance staff development efforts and offer support for one another to implement new strategies (Showers, Joyce, 1996).
  • Team Teaching 
  • Class, today we will be learning about the water cycle. 
  • One teaching, one assisting is when one teacher is managing the classroom and teaching the lecture while the other is assisting the students who need help or might need a tap on the shoulder to make sure they are staying engaged. They can also direct the students in the right direction when they are stuck on a question. 
  • Parallel Teaching/Alternative Teaching 
  • Okay, class I will have a group with me and another group will go with Mrs. Smith. We will be reviewing our vocabulary for test coming up. 
  • Station Teaching is used when a smaller student-to-teacher ratio is desired. Each group of students rotates through each station but it does not mean each station needs to be taught the same.  (Kurtz, 2015).
  • In teaming the teachers share the responsibility for the lesson. The teachers are able to collaborate and share their ideas on how the lesson should be taught. The teachers work together to teach the class and feed off one another. 
  • Mr. Jones, will be writing down what each process is with the definition of the word. Again, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to answer any questions. 
  • Mrs. Smedly, will be drawing out the water cycle today. If you have any questions please raise your hand as you will have to be able to sketch and explain the process. 
  • The teachers are able to instruction together and work in smaller groups. The teachers will stay in the group the whole time they would not rotate groups. I brought alternative teaching in this also. The teachers can assist their groups depending if the students need translation, need the directions repeated, or just need to slow the lecture down a bit for the students to grasp the information. 
  • If you have any questions just let me know we will be taking our time and for those who need translation I am here to help. 
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