Use this best-selling lesson plan book to enhance the effectiveness of co-teaching, an increasingly common instructional strategy for inclusive general education classrooms. This practical, easy-to-use, spiral bound book is an effective tool to support the collaborative planning and communication required to make co-teaching successful.
Teachers will appreciate many unique features found in this plan book:
- Creates shared planning by both the general and special educator completing the weekly plan
- Offers side-by-side view of planning and meeting state standards
- Allows special educators to document the interventions used, and progress made, towards IEP goals
- Allows teachers to evaluate, refine, and continue their development as co-teachers
- Provides notes from the author for insight into the value, art, and the impact of co-teaching
Features for Special Educators
Special educators complete the modified assessments column on the left-hand page of the book for any academic or behavioral needs of a student as well as the right-hand page.
The special educator notes the types of co-teaching models the team will use, academic and behavioral adaptations needed for specific students, materials that may be needed to meet all students' needs as well as a place to to jot notes to each other or about student performance related to IEP goals and objectives. Using this format ensures that what is special about special education is maintained throughout the co-taught setting.
Outcomes and Benefits
Given concern for the success of all students, space is offered for both teachers to identify students who need additional accommodations or who are at-risk of failing in the class. Interventions planned by the special educator may be used to assist all students in the class.
As with any plan book, this model only works if both co-teachers are committed to preparing lessons in advance so that they can effectively meet the needs of all students. As a result of using The co-teaching Lesson Plan Book, you will notice the following benefits:
- Clarified roles of both teachers.
- Combined ownership of planning
- Improved instructional planning for meeting the needs of individual students
- Increased collaboration in lesson development and delivery
- Improved documentation of the development and use of specific accommodations for reporting IEP progress
Dr Lisa Dieker is an Associate Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar at the University of Central Florida. SHe received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Her primary area of research focuses on collaboration between general and special education at the secondary level with a specific interest in the unique opportunities that exist in urban schools in the areas of mathematics and science. She also has a passion for how technology and specifically virtual classrooms can be used to impact teacher preparation. Dr. Dieker is the Director of the Lockheed Martin Mathematics and Science Academy. In this role she directs a K-8 teacher leadership program as well as a Transition to Mathematic and Science Teaching (TMAST) program which both focus on teacher preparation in mathematics and science education. The TMAST program focuses on bringing in new teachers to urban middle school settings. Dr. Dieker coordinates the doctoral program in special education reflecting her interdisciplinary work across mathematics, science and special education. Dr. Dieker has authored 3 books and is the featured presenter in the best selling DVD 7 Effective Strategies for Secondary Inclusion. Dr. Dieker also appears as a co-presenter with Dr. Rebecca Hines in the 2008 DVD Winning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms.
Dr. Dieker has published numerous articles focused on interdisciplinary collaboration, serves on numerous editorial boards and leadership roles and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Psychological and Educational Consulting and serves as Co-Editor for the Journal of International Special Needs Education (JISNE) and Focus on Exceptional Children.