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Purposeful Co-Teaching

Purposeful Co-Teaching
Real Cases and Effective Strategies

July 2012 | 176 pages | Corwin
Today's teachers have a mandate to ensure success for each individual student and co-teaching is quickly becoming the best way to meet the challenge.

Purposeful Co-Teaching helps primary through secondary school teachers experience the rewards of co-teaching through practical, research-based, and field-tested strategies that provide instructional support for all students in inclusive classrooms. The authors' model identifies the stages of co-teaching and emphasizes the components of interpersonal skills, content knowledge, instructional design, and teaching philosophy. Teachers will discover how to transition from a single teacher delivering the curriculum to an entire class to a teaching team providing individualized instruction in a diverse classroom.

This resource is appropriate for educators who are teaching a variety of subjects and who have differing levels of experience in general and special education.

About the Authors
1. Taking the Plunge: What's Co-Teaching All About?
2. Common Issues and Practical Solutions to Co-Teaching
3. Teaching So They Understand: Co-Teaching With Big Ideas
4. Teaching So They Remember: Co-Teaching With Mnemonics
5. Teaching So They Make Connections: Co-Teaching With Visuals
6. Teaching So They Become More Independent: Co-Teaching Using Study Skills and Learning Strategies
7. Teaching So They Are Engaged: Co-Teaching Using Student Involvement
8. Teaching So They Can Be Successful: Co-Teaching Using Formative Assessment
9. Putting It All together: Co-Teaching With Integrity

"This powerful co-teaching book will help teachers to present curricular information in many creative ways. It is a treasure chest of effective research-based techniques and strategies for teachers who want to connect effectively with all students.”

Beverly E. Schoonmaker Alfeld, Educational Consultant

"A must-have for any teacher, new or veteran. It is an eye-opening look at what co-teaching is and how to make your co-teaching team as effective as it can be. You could read this book tonight and put it into practice tomorrow!"

Rachel Aherns, Special Education Teacher
West Des Moines Community Schools, IA

"This book is a compilation of great instructional strategies for all teachers and a handbook for co-teaching. An essential read for teachers who want to improve their practice, especially for those who find themselves co-teaching with colleagues."

James Becker, Educational Consultant

"One of the best books I've read on what co-teaching really means and how it is implemented in the classroom. The authors present instructional methods and interpersonal communication skills that co-teachers can use to solve typical issues they face."

Michael Hazelkorn, Chair and Professor of Special Education
University of West Georgia

"Presents a model of co-teaching that blends instructional methods, interpersonal skills, content knowledge, teaching behaviors, philosophy of teaching, and your co-teaching stage with a focus on student achievement. The book immediately engages readers by presenting scenarios followed by practical, research-based solutions to address instructional issues."

Lyndal M. Bullock, Regents Professor of Special Education
University of North Texas

"A valuable desktop reference for all educators devoted to increased student outcomes within a positive, effective co-teaching partnership. Each chapter contains practical strategies and tips to take you from Monday to Friday!"

Julia R. Wachal, Special Education Consultant
Grantwood Area Education Agency, IA

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: taking the Plunge

Gregory James Conderman

Greg Conderman is full professor of special education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, where he teaches methods and collaboration courses for elementary education, secondary education, and special education majors. He was a middle and high school special education teacher and special education consultant for 10 years before entering higher education. He has authored over 70 articles on instructional methods and collaboration, which have been published in special education and general education journals. He is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences. He has also received numerous teaching awards... More About Author

Mary V. Bresnahan

Val Bresnahan is an adjunct instructor of special education at Northern Illinois University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in learning disabilities and inclusion. Bresnahan has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in special and inclusionary environments, and she has been a learning facilitator and a speech-language pathologist. In addition to teaching college courses, she is a middle school co-teacher in language arts and social studies in a central Illinois suburb. She has authored books and articles on vocabulary instruction and co-teaching and is a frequently invited presenter on reading and... More About Author

Theresa Pedersen

Theresa Pedersen is a general education middle school language arts co-teacher in Rockford, Illinois. She has years of experience as an elementary education teacher, middle school resource teacher, high school special education teacher, and college instructor. She has co-authored articles on inclusion and student teaching. She has received awards for her excellence in instruction at the college level and was the recipient of the student teacher of the year award during her internship semester. More About Author

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