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Old 07-31-2020, 06:17 AM
 
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We are going full remote for first semester, a REVERSAL from a previous 100% in-person model. I have never been more relieved in my life, but....

Iím a co-teacher. I have a very difficult time getting my co-teachers to let me do anything but ďsupportĒ anyway. How can I work with them to allow me to engage in their online classes?

I thought of meeting with each one to see what would work best, BUT I really would like consistency so I donít have to remember 6 different ways to do things.

I thought of sending out a survey to see what would work best then working out a plan and meeting all of my co-teachers in one Zoom to discuss it.

I thought of just asking to be added as a teacher to their classes. I never add any of my own posts, but it is important to have the teacher view to see what kids are doing so I can offer support on assignments. I am then always informed of whatís happening in their classroom. This is the most hands off and like theyíve mostly preferred in the past.

If anyone has any other ideas, Iím open to them! Thank you!


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Iím a self contained 1st grade teacher. The only experience I have with co-teaching is when Iíve had the RTI teacher come in to work with T3 students. Since she supports all of first grade, I have included her in our grade level meetings so she knows what weíre covering - especially in reading. Iíll also share those studentsí data and my personal observations so she has something to go off of. If I need her to help them with a specific activity or administer a test to them, sheíll do that. However, I also encourage her to suggest and implement activities that she thinks might help my kids with certain skills.

I think sending out a survey is a great way to find out how you can support them. If you plan to join them during Zoom meetings with students (Iím assuming itís virtual learning for now) find out those times so you can set a schedule for yourself. It doesnít mean youíll be able to join them every time, but maybe attend a different teacherís meeting each day.

And having them add you as a co-teacher on their Google Classroom is a great idea. I also did that with my RTI teacher.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:52 AM
 
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I guess I am not sure what you mean by "co-teach".
Are you part of a team of say second grade teachers and have your own class and teach all areas?
Are you a support teacher that pushes in to several classes to co-teach LA or math?
Are you a co-teacher in one room that teaches certain subjects and another teaches the other subjects? Depending what you do would help us support you.

When I was a co-teacher I taught math, science and social studies in the afternoon and she taught LA in the morning. Because I was the new kid in the building I let myself get led around by the nose the first semester! She completely controlled the physical space. In October I sat a pumpkin and leaves on a bookshelf in the library space, and the next day the decorations were placed on my desk. She made all BB displays, in the room and hall. She honestly did not realize how controlling she was until we sat down together and I shared my expectations, wants and needs. My impulse was to be angry and accusatory, but I started with questions. Have you notice you have planned and filled all the BBs in the room? Which half do you prefer for LA and which half can I plan and execute? Let's do every other month for the hall. What do you think about including some science/ss vocabulary into spelling? It really helped.
If you are a co-teacher, a team, aren't there school expectations about planning together?
It feels like you are not respected as a peer, but more like support staff. Being added as a teacher seems like the least they could do! Have you asked and they refused? They might ignore a Zoom request.
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I am a 7th-8th grade ELL teacher. I teacher self-contained sheltered ELA and then co-teach both grades on al other core subjects. I switch every other day by grade level. I.e. MWF I might go to 7th grade classes and TR 8th grade classes.

Yes I am one person doing all of that, which is why it is a lot more ďone teach, one supportĒ than actual co-teaching.
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Iím also a co-teacher and it can be hard to do in person and even harder online. Ask each teacher to add you as a teacher on their platform. Then get a calendar/notebook/white board and write down when they will be meeting with kids and how that will look. You may not get consistency for your schedule, but what has to work for the students and teacher.

As a co-teacher, you should be allowed to add posts or comments as needed, but you really need to be able to see what the students are doing and what their schedules are so you can meet with them individually or in small groups to provide services.

My other suggestion is to find a common time you can quickly meet with all the teachers via zoom or google meets or however you guys do that. When you go back to brick and mortar, ask for common time again (keep it to a minimum), to collaborate about students. I have found this to be the key to co-teaching.


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My building does all pull out services, but my district as a whole leans toward push in. When we switched to online learning in the spring, they wanted specialists to do things like make accommodations to online assignments and meet with classroom teachers to "collaborate."

My P made it very clear that classroom teachers needed to add everyone to their seesaw/google classrooms. Admins were added as well and they made sure it happened. I struggled with the whole "adding accommodations" thing. I looked at my kid's assignments and it was either very clear/there really wasn't anything to add, or it was so far above their level that adding in an accommodation simply wasn't going to do anything. YMMV. Since we don't normally run things this way, the classroom teachers weren't too keen on "collaborating." To cover ourselves, my team and I put out a sign up genius every week offering for classroom teachers to sign up for a time to meet with us to discuss students and/or their plans for the week. Not one person ever signed up for a slot, but at least we had proof that we offered it.

I ended up putting out my own videos and assignments for my students in the online platforms, but it's a bit different for me because I have IEP minutes to meet. I just couldn't justify saying those minutes were met by just going through and trying to add accommodations or meeting with the teacher. I know our EL teachers did their own videos/assignments for kids as well. We all also had an office hour every day where we put out a zoom link and parents/students could theoretically stop in for 1:1 help or questions. Again, not one person came, but at least we put it out there. Perhaps in your case, you could schedule zoom sessions with specific students? If you're trying to replicate a push in time, I'd use the time to help them with the assignments the classroom teacher has given.
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Old 08-01-2020, 07:45 AM
 
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It is so helpful to see the affirmations of my thoughts and new suggestions. Thank you so much for your ideas and advice. Iím definitely feeling like I have a better grasp on what I can do -

We are meeting virtually as a staff on Monday for a Q&A with the principal, so I feel like the OUTLINE will be more clear!

Thank you!
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