Posted on March 14, 2014 in Collaboration
This “flashback” idea is from the You’re Going to Love This Kid DVD and Professional Development Kit, and is a snapshot of Kendra Larmour, a middle school science teacher, co-teaching with one of her students with disabilities. Kendra regularly collaborates with kids and finds opportunities for impromptu co-teaching moments in her lessons.
Have you tried planned or impromptu co-teaching as a strategy for building community and raising the status of individual students in the classroom? If you have not used this technique before, you might start with simple tasks like having students help with a demonstration or read aloud. If you want ideas that are a bit more sophisticated, you could involved students in some role play, in facilitating a familiar game or collaborative structure, or even in creating visual notes during a class discussion.
To make it a lasting part of your classroom, try assigning the job of “co-teacher” to a student every week. This will remind you to use your learners as resources.