‘Co-Teaching Is a Marriage’
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‘Co-Teaching Is a Marriage’

– Hands up if you agree. Let’s give Carlos three
snaps on the count of three. One, two, three. (snaping) – [Voiceover] It’s a mutual respect that we have for each other. She respects that I’m an educator. I’m not just somebody who’s in there to service some children
who have IEPs or 504s. – Gentleman can we put
our markers and boards somewhere else please? I think of her as my right hand and myself being her right hand. The two of us really
helping each other through lessons and making sure that
we can get to all of the kids. And that’s one of the key
components of the co-teaching is reaching all learners as fast as possible and
not letting things go. – [Sara] You need to say they’re our kids. It’s not my classroom, Dawn always says, “our homeroom, our kids, “well we’re doing this,” and that makes the special
educator feel more welcome. – [Dawn] What is non-fiction? – [Dawn] What is non-fiction?
– [Sara] Oh, lots and lots of hands. – [Dawn] And Mrs. Dunaway… – [Sara] I feel like it’s a
really good model for kids to see their teachers, who they look to for a role model. How are you communicating? Oh ok, we they’re disagreeing with that. How are they working that out? – [Dawn] Sara and I, we actually went to college together. – We had a couple of classes together. I think we were together for one semester. – And she showed up here at Norwood and her and I were both like “I know you.” – I saw her in the hallway and I was actually really nervous. I was like, “did she like me in college? “Is she gonna give me
a good recommendation?” And then she seemed
really excited to see me. – And from that moment on we just became friends in the building and, you know, we can sit down and talk about kids, talk about life, and I think that it
does help when you have that relationship with a co-teacher. To start off at the basics, understanding where each other come from, understanding each others’ lives and what’s going on in your life. – You’re not on an island. You have a partner and you
have to understand it is, it’s like your relationship
with your spouse. You have got to talk about
the uncomfortable things. – Yellow folks you need, oh. – Oh hold up, listen first. Listen, listen. – Always listen to the instructions first. – [Dawn] I know that the
co-teacher manual also says that it is like a marriage. You go through the stages
where you’re dating at first. Ya, Sara and I, we knew each other before, but now it’s a new relationship because I’ve never taught with her before. She had never taught with me. So now we’re like in
that dating phase where I’m trying to figure out, “ok well how do you want to do this? “Oh, ok well I would
rather do it like this” and going back and forth and her saying, “Oh ya, it’s an awesome idea,” and then we get into, like the engagement where it’s all exciting
and we’re feeling like, “wow this is working great. “I love it. “I think we should continue
in this relationship.” And then, getting to
that final marriage where you are going to run
into problems but it’s ok because the two of you have each other. And that’s what it’s all about. (laughing)

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3 thoughts on “‘Co-Teaching Is a Marriage’

  1. How many co-teaching partners does your school have? How can I get my budget director to understand how important this is?

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