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.
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 for excellence in instruction at the college level 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 language skills. 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.
Preface Acknowledgments 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 References Index
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