Don’t Give Up!. Practical Strategies for Challenging Collaboration Sharon Cramer Jan Stivers Presented by Vedia Page, Jennifer Humphrey & Suzy Flack . Objectives. Provide information about the primary goals of co-teaching and collaboration tips and strategies for co-teaching
Practical Strategies for Challenging Collaboration
Presented by Vedia Page, Jennifer Humphrey & Suzy Flack
Case Studies in Co-Teaching in the Content Areas: Successes, Failures and ChallengesM. Mastropieri, T. Scruggs, J. Gretz, J. Norland, W. Gardizi, and K. McDuffie
Primary Goals of Co-teaching and Collaboration Include:
“Co-teaching is a method by which educators can meet the needs of students with and without disabilities who are struggling…”
Prepare to co-teach
When I started to work on improving our relationship, I decided to pick a problem I faced with my co-teacher. She loves to complain about the school administration. It makes me very uncomfortable: especially since I think her criticisms are exaggerated and sometimes unfair. But I didn’t want to do or say anything to alienate her, because she is a good teacher for my students. As I learned about collaboration, I realized that I couldn’t control her complaining, but I could control my response. I learned to avoid responding to her complaints as a result our prep period is less stressful for me. The change is that I don’t let it get to me anymore. I just accept it as part of her style, something I’m willing to accommodate in the interest of preserving a relationship that serve my students well. It was important to me to learn that we can work together, even if we are not completely compatible.