Collaboration/Co-Teaching

All About You

Collaboration: who knew it was all about you! This week’s FREE tool is a set of questions to help you explore the thought processes you use when forming partnerships. Use the questions for personal reflection or as discussion prompts to help you and your collaborative team members understand one another better. The questions come from “Collaborate Smart: Practical Strategies and ...

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Accommodate. Collaborate.

The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers

The school year is underway and everyone is settling into their new routines. To make that easier, this week’s FREE tool is an accommodations checklist to help keep you organized. Now that you’ve gotten to know your students, take a minute to fill it out so you can keep track of the accommodations your students need for both testing and ...

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Making the grade

Co-teachers must collaborate on so many things: classroom arrangement, teaching styles, methods of instruction, and finally, grading, the subject of this week’s FREE tool. How do you feel about retakes? Do you prefer letter grades or portfolios? What is your homework policy? Answer these questions and more on your FREE tool with your co-teacher to be sure you’re on the ...

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paraprofessionals

This week’s FREE tool is a list of sample paraprofessional tasks and activities to help teachers distinguish between instruction and support in the classroom. This list will help paraprofessionals draw boundaries around what they should and shouldn’t be asked to do for students. It will also show teachers the valuable support services paraprofessionals can provide. And finally, co-teachers can refer ...

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Collaborate Smart

Sharing responsibilities in the classroom can be as touchy as sharing responsibilities around the house! That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a checklist to help you and your co-teacher work out the who-does-what of co-teaching. The checklist, “Responsibilities of Co-Teachers” can be used to plan a future course of action or to evaluate current expectations. Fill it out together, ...

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Tips for Parallel Teaching Success

This week’s FREE tool is a list of tips to help you achieve parallel teaching success. Coordinating space and time with your coteacher are crucial elements to conducting effective lessons side-by-side. This week’s tool gives you the quick and dirty on chair placement, use of space, noise control, and time management. It comes from the CEC book Leading the Co-Teaching ...

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Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success

November is already upon us, and that gets us thinking about happy things like Thanksgiving and togetherness. In the spirit of the month, this week’s FREE tool focuses on inclusion. It’s a table called, “Student Behaviors that Facilitate Inclusion Success,” that will help you assess and target the key social skills students need to function in an inclusive classroom. Many ...

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Professional Development Needs Assessment

For this week’s FREE tool, we’re still working on getting you ready for the new school year with a variation on last week’s theme: self-assessment.  Last week we sent you a tool to help you think about positive behavior interventions in your classroom. This week we’ve got a great table, the Professional Development Needs Assessment, from CEC’s book Collaborate Smart: ...

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Ideas for Increasing Team Communication

August is almost upon us, so this week’s FREE Tool of the Week is for administrators and co-teachers who are gearing up for the new school year. This table provides at-a-glance suggestions for improving communication among students, parents, teachers and administrators. It comes from CEC’s book, Leading the Co-Teaching Dance, where the author identifies communication as the first of four ...

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Thinking Questions and Cognitive Thinking Guide

This week’s Tool of the Week, Thinking Questions and Cognitive Thinking Guide, comes from USTARS~PLUS Science and Nonfiction Connections, a book of lesson plans organized around Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive thinking. In accordance with the USTARS method, the questions support a range of thinking levels to scaffold learning.  

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