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Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools
Making the Co-Teaching Marriage Work!

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January 2010 | 296 pages | Corwin
'A comprehensive resource for co-teaching teams and their administrators! It is full of ready-to-use, teacher-friendly forms, checklists, and charts. The co-teaching lesson plan forms are phenomenal! The number of practical ideas included is astounding' - Michele S. Dalton, School Psychologist, Poudre School District, Ft. Collins, CO

'A tremendous contribution to the field. This text is for anyone who is thinking about being in, or who is already in, the challenging yet potentially rewarding co-teaching relationship' - Mimi Rosenberg, Graduate Faculty, Bank Street College of Education

To better serve students with disabilities in inclusive primary-level classrooms, schools are partnering general education teachers with special service providers to form committed co-teaching relationships. Using the metaphor of marriage, this lighthearted, highly practical, and teacher-friendly resource from the author of Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools provides readers with the tools to successfully set up, conduct, and successfully maintain co-teaching partnerships in any learning environment.

Based on the author's extensive experience, this book blends solid educational research and literature with lighthearted humour to help readers nurture co-teaching partnerships through the stages of planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing. Divided into four relationship stages, each section offers:

- Case studies and scenarios of co-teachers in action

- Field-tested instructional and behavioural strategies with authentic examples

- Self-assessments to determine teachers' readiness to proceed to the next step in the co-teaching relationship

- Information on the role of the administrator and how to communicate with parents

- Numerous reproducibles, helpful Web sites, and a list of teacher resources

Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools is an easy-to-access, one-stop guide for schools getting started with co-teaching or looking to refine their existing programmes.

 
About the Author
 
Introduction: Why This Book?
 
Part I. The Dating Scene
 
1. Understanding What It Means to Be in a Relationship
Defining the Terms  
Changing the Mids of the Commitment-Phobic  
 
2. Dating, Living Together, and Marriage
Recognizing the Continuum of Options  
Going in With Eyes Wide Open  
Do's and Don'ts of Co-Teaching  
 
3. General Educators Are From Jupiter, Special Educators Are From Saturn
Recognizing Different Frames of Reference  
The Second Time Around: Getting Over Bad Experiences  
Self-Assessment 1: Are We Ready to Date?  
 
4. Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
To Marry Them or Not to Marry Them: Determining Whether to Use Co-Teaching  
 
Part II. The Engagement
 
5. Getting to Know Your Partner
Drinking Out of the Carton (and Other Pet Peeves)  
Ensuring Parity  
Who'll Do the Laundry? Setting Roles and Responsibilities  
 
6. Registering for the Wedding
Identifying Our Needs  
Communicating With Stakeholders  
 
7. Discussing the Future
Establishing Schoolwide Improvement Goals  
Establishing Individual Team Improvement Goals  
Self-Assessment 2: Are We Ready to Get Engaged?  
 
8. Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
Avoiding Arranged Marriages: The Search for Soul Mates  
 
Part III. The Wedding
 
9. For Better or Worse: Establishing Norms for Behavior and Academics
Physical Issues  
Classroom Management Issues  
Instructional and Assessment Issues  
 
10. For Richer or Poorer: Sharing Space and Materials
Sharing Space  
Sharing Materials  
 
11. Planning Quality Time Together: Why, When, and How to Plan
Why Should We Co-Plan?  
When Shuold We Co-Plan?  
How Should We Co-Plan?  
Self-Assessment 3: Are We Ready to Marry?  
 
12. Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
Avoiding Polygamy: Too Many Is SImply Too Many (When Scheduling)  
 
Part IV. The Marriage
 
13. Working Together to Wrangle the Li'l Rascals
Five Practical Approaches for Co-Instruction  
Approach 1: One Teach, One Support  
Approach 2: Parallel Teaching  
Approach 3: Station Teaching  
Approach 4: Alternative Teaching  
Approach 5: Team Teaching  
 
14. Teaching the Seven Dwarves
Understanding Differentiation  
Practical Strategies for Differentiation  
 
15. Are We Successful Yet?
Co-Assessing Us and Them  
 
16. Playing Nicely With the Other Parents
Co-Teaching's Role With Other School-Improvement Initiatives  
Reading First  
Cooperative Learning  
Twenty-First-Century Technology  
Universal Design for Learning  
Response to Intervention  
Self-Assessment 4: Will We Be Able to Celebrate Our Anniversary?  
 
17. Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
Is It Time for a Divorce?  
Building an Effective Program: Making More Matches  
 
Appendix: Keeping the Honeymoon Going
 
References
 
Index

"Based on both up-to-date research and a wealth of practical experience, Murawski's easy-to-use text is a tremendous contribution to the field, as more and more elementary school teachers are entering into a collaborative partnership that demands careful and playful approaches. This text is for anyone who is thinking about being in, or who is already in, the challenging yet potentially rewarding co-teaching relationship. Murawski's keen insights about the day-to-day realities of teachers working together in classrooms are invaluable."

Mimi Rosenberg, Graduate Faculty
Bank Street College of Education

"A comprehensive resource for co-teaching teams and their administrators! It is full of ready-to-use, teacher-friendly forms, checklists, and charts. The co-teaching lesson plan forms are phenomenal! The EZ Reference pages provide detailed information in an organized and meaningful way. The number of practical ideas included is astounding."

Michele S. Dalton, School Psychologist
Poudre School District, Ft. Collins, CO

"I particularly love the analogy of a marriage and relationship that is woven throughout the book. While it is cute, it also works as a metaphor for co-teaching at all levels. The possibly unfamiliar process of getting to know each other, deciding to co-teach, making it work, and possibly having to end the co-teaching relationship all become easier to understand using the metaphors of dating, engagement, and counseling."

Claire E. Hughes, Associate Professor of Special Education
College of Coastal Georgia

Wendy Weichel Murawski

Wendy W. Murawski, PhD, is the Michael D. Eisner Endowed Chair and Executive Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Special Education, a past president of the Teacher Education Division (TED) for the Council for Exceptional Children, a former Teacher Educator of the Year for the state of California, and the recent recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for her university. She has authored 10 books, as well as numerous chapters, articles, and handbooks in the areas of co-teaching, collaboration, inclusion,... More About Author

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