Mixing things up with co-teaching

Nicole at Apple Tree Resources
Mixing things up with co-teaching

The term co-teaching may sound a little scary, but hear me out on this, it's a total game changer toward the end of the school year as long as you choose the right co-teacher. In this week's episode, I help set you up for co-teaching success. Tune in to learn more!


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Hey there, fellow educators! Nicole Sanders here, back with another episode of Let's Chat Teaching. Today, let's dive into the exciting world of co-teaching. Yup, you heard me right – co-teaching!

Now, before you start thinking, "Whoa, Nicole, that sounds a bit overwhelming," hear me out. Co-teaching can be an absolute game-changer, especially when you're feeling stuck or just counting down the days until summer break.

So, what exactly is co-teaching? Well, it's like a dynamic duo of teaching. You team up with another teacher, merge your classes, and embark on an educational adventure together. Sounds pretty cool, right?

Now, the key to successful co-teaching is picking the right partner. Trust me, it makes all the difference. Find a colleague you vibe with, someone who shares your passion for teaching and complements your strengths. Ideally, they'll be teaching at a similar grade level, but hey, sometimes you gotta think outside the box.

Once you've found your co-teaching soulmate, it's time to get planning. Picture this: you and your partner, sitting down with your resources, brainstorming ideas, and crafting the ultimate teaching plan. It's a collaborative process that's as rewarding as it is energizing.

Now, when it comes to actually teaching the unit, there are a few different approaches you can take. Maybe one of you takes the lead while the other provides support, or perhaps you split the teaching duties right down the middle. Whatever works best for you and your partner.

And let's not forget about assessment. Yup, that's part of the co-teaching package too. Together, you decide how to assess the students' progress and make sure everyone's on the same page.

Now, finding the right space to co-teach can be a bit tricky, especially if your school doesn't have collapsible walls (hey, a teacher can dream, right?). But fear not, there are plenty of creative solutions. From booking the library to taking the class outside, the possibilities are endless.

And here's the best part – co-teaching isn't just beneficial for you, it's a hit with the students too. They love the change of pace, the new faces, and the extra energy in the room. It's a win-win for everyone involved.

So, if you've never tried co-teaching before, now's the perfect time to give it a shot. Trust me, you won't regret it. And if you have tried it, I'd love to hear about your experience. Drop me a DM on Instagram @AppleTreeResources and let's chat!

If you're interested in grabbing a free set of activities to use with any story, head over to appletreeresources.com/storyactivities

Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I'll see you next time!



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