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Old 12-21-2018, 03:33 PM
 
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I have a question for those of you who have co-teachers. Do you work with your co-teacher all day, or do you have to share that sped specialist with another teacher? Also do you have a common planning period with your co-teacher, or are you expected to figure it out and meet before or after school?


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I am not co-teaching this year but have many years.

I did not work with my co-teacher all day. I worked with her for 2 periods. Some teachers do work together all day though, it depends on the amount of SPED kids there are and how the schedules work out.

We had some co-planning time. This can vary as well.. depending on how the schedule ends up working out. We had to supplement with emails, sharing things through google, planning after school on Thursday or Friday and meeting whenever we could to make it work.
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I did not co-teach with my co-teacher all day, just certain periods, but we did have common plan times. I canít inagine co-teaching without common plan times.
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My district has tried to push co-teaching for YEARS. I've managed to avoid it and continue doing pull-out. I have four grade levels, so even if all of my kids were "clustered" I'd still have to work with four teachers. Obviously I can't have common plan time with 4 grade levels.

I have never seen or heard of a situation IRL where there was one gen ed classroom with a full time gen ed teacher and sped teacher just in that one room. I do know there was one poster on another board I used to post on that was in that situation. I can't imagine anywhere spending the money. In my home state it's somewhat common to have one sped teacher per grade level, but even then they're typically working with at least 2 gen ed teachers.
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Thanks for the info everyone. I share my sped pecialist with another gen ed teacher. We do not have a common planning period, so that makes things more difficult. That teacher does after school bus duty until at least 3:45 every day. I tutor 3 mornigs per week and one afternoon. Planning has been tricky for us, and I was wondering how this worked for others. I appreciate the input.


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I have never seen or heard of a situation IRL where there was one gen ed classroom with a full time gen ed teacher and sped teacher just in that one room.
It's very common and part of a recommendation on a child's iep. We have 20 ICT (integrated collaborative team teaching ) classes in my school. Maybe more. Each ICT class has a spec ed teacher and a gen ed teacher all day long. Never ever separated. It's great for all the children. An ICT class has a ratio of 40:60 (40percent spec ed/60 per gen ed) which comes to about usually 28-30 kids total so that's 12 with iep's and the rest gen ed.
So, yes, we are together all day long for everything. Great for all kids and nice for teachers. (as long as it's a good match of course..lol)
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I am the specialist that co-teaches. The one beauty that we have in a school our size (high school - 2,000 students) is that I can be grade and subject specific. I co-teach one grade and one subject with 3 different co-teachers. We all do PLC together and then I have common planning time with 2 of them. The 3rd teacher and I have been working together for 6 years so that makes our hallway planning easy

I spend 1 block of time a day in each teacher's class. It's not perfect, but so much better than when I was in there for partial blocks and then co-teaching multiple subjects.

I highly suggest having common planning. That is imperative and co-teaching will not work well without it. Also, the co-teachers should look into the different models of co-teaching to see what will work best for their students.
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