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Recently I was working with a group of secondary co-teachers interested in improving their new co-teaching program. We spent a few minutes brainstorming a list of things that Teacher B could be doing while Teacher A is lecturing. Perhaps these ideas will be helpful to you, too. I particularly like the last few, where Teacher B is thinking of on-the-spot ways to bring in technology to support the lecture. Please add any other ideas you have!  Teacher A Teacher B.docx

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How sad. Most, if not all, of the ideas seem to position the co-teacher as an educated teacher's aide.
I should make it clear that Teacher A and Teacher B swap roles! So these ideas came from teachers who were both taking the lead with lecture at different times...but were still feeling like they needed ideas about the best ways to use their time when they were the one who wasn't lecturing (instead of just standing around and monitoring kids, or occasionally jumping in to clarify.)

I am a co-teacher in two different classroom settings. When the other teacher is teaching, I sit with the students and ask them questions about what the other teacher is teaching. I also provide feedback for students that have questions. A third thing that I do, when the teacher has assigned some work for the students to complete, I will pull students back to the table in the back of the room. I pull the ones that I feel will need some extra help with the assignment. I also have students that volunteer to come back and work. They just need a confidence boost.

Marjori,

Glad you joined us! What is your area of specialty as a co-teacher? Are you a special education teacher, literacy specialist, ELL teacher?

I am a special education teacher in a middle school inclusion setting.

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