Best Practices in Co-Teaching
'Best Practices in Co-Teaching' offers meaningful ways to connect with your students and have a productive strategy working with your co-teacher. #coteach
One of the most important aspects of an effective working relationship between the paraprofessional, special educator, teacher, or specialist is clear and consistent communication and organization. #coteach #tipsforteachers
How to Hook Your Reader
Mnemonics can be extremely helpful for students who struggle with memory issues. Here is one we created recently to help students remember the variety of ways to write an engaging introduction...
Evaluating Text Evidence for Writing - An SDI Example
The Commonn Core Standards include two that I jokingly call “the challenging twins.” RI.4.8. Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text. W.4.9....
Why You Should Delete This Word From Your Speech
Words matter. They paint a picture for the listener and impact others in ways we can not always even perceive. Maybe that's why I am on a campaign to remove a word from use. "Push-in." A quick...
Adapting Instruction for Identifying Main Idea and Supporting Details
An essential standard for every literacy program is for students to be able to identify the main idea of a passage and explain their thinking with supporting details . This same goal finds its way...
Do Co-Teachers Need an Interior Decorator?
With the beginning of a new school year right around the corner, co-teachers across the country are talking to their partners and setting norms for their teamwork. One key discussion item, often...
Manage Your Small Group Instruction with These Teaching Tips
S mall group instruction can be a highly effective way to help students learn. But when a teacher is working with a small number of students, the rest have to be able to work independently. Here...
Practical Idea for Peer-to-Peer Assistance
Many teachers attempt small group instruction, only to be interrupted by the "independent" workers with questions. A 5th grade teacher in Dearborn, MI uses an easy idea to promote peers as a...
What the Best Co-Teachers Do Every Spring
It's springtime and the best co-teachers are getting ready for a year-end evaluation of their co-teaching efforts. Use one or more of the following ideas to gather information about the strengths and...
Co-teaching Models: Using Teach Half Then Switch in the Science Lab - Susan Fitzell
One of the key elements of my new book, “Best Practices for Co-Teaching & Collaboration” is a huge range of co-teaching models that can be applied to a number of classroom situations.
Teaching Strategies for All Ability Levels in a Larger Classroom - Susan Fitzell
Direct teaching the entire class together can sometimes leave higher-grade, higher-ability students bored and perhaps acting out, while lower-ability students may struggle to understand the lesson. We need teaching strategies that reach all the learners in the classroom.
A Co-teaching Model for Bringing Out the Hidden Skills in Your Co-teaching - Susan Fitzell
Where can the co-teaching model “teach half then switch” really help co-teachers shine? In helping teachers with additional skills and knowledge use those skills to enhance the lesson and reach students who may be struggling with the material.
Co-teaching Models - Skills and Rigor: Kicking Co-Teaching Up A Notch
I walked into an eighth-grade classroom to find the desks and chairs had been arranged into two sections, creating a makeshift conference table. On the other side of the room, the same arrangement was repeated, implementing a dynamic and effective co-teaching model.
Adapting Matching Tests
Here's a tip for formatting your matching tests so that all students might be more successful. The traditional matching test looks like the picture below, with the shorter material on the left, the...