In the previous post, we discussed getting out of the speech room and into the classroom. We touched on the various models of co-teaching (descriptions found in this printable) and encouraged school-based SLPs to give it a try!
In this post, we’d like to provide some suggestions on how to PLAN for this service delivery model. So keep reading for some tips and your free printable lesson plan template.
But first, let’s talk about the benefit of this model for students with AND WITHOUT disabilities…
For students with disabilities, this model can effectively increase participation in class, achievement and test scores, social skills and self-esteem. It can increase teacher expectations and generalization of skills. And of course, it helps reduce the missing of class activities.
For students without disabilities, this model can provide exposure to varied instructional strategies and activities. It can also provide additional help to those at-risk with specific skills. It definitely helps increase tolerance of differences. And it absolutely DOES NOT impede their achievement.
So we know the models (or check out the free printable in our last post for a refresher), we know why it’s a good idea (for some, not all students), we’ve found a teaching partner to take it on with us…now how do we plan for it?
First, pick a time to plan together and decide what you will need to accomplish during this time.
Always have a back-up plan in case meeting face-to-face it is out of the question…because it will happen!
Some suggestions – a daily or weekly face-to-face check in and debriefing; a planning notebook; email; post-it notes; phone calls.
Any other thoughts or systems that have worked for you? Comment below!
During the planning session, SLP and teacher will want discuss the following:
- discuss the curriculum content and objectives for the lesson including topics, concepts, activities, outcomes, and methods of instruction
- discuss common problems in the content
- discuss accommodations/modifications, strategies needed for instruction, materials, and activities
- discuss the specific IEP objectives to be targeted
Together you want to be sure to discuss the co-teaching approach you plan to use; keeping in mind that more than one may be used in any given lesson. Room arrangement is also very important including where your speech-language students will be for each part of the lesson.
Since student assessment is important to both the teacher and SLP, you will want to be sure to talk about how this will take place for the lesson along with the specific supports needed for any given students.
Based on the lesson you’ve planned, don’t forget to outline the tasks you each will need to accomplish before, during and after the lesson. This includes material preparation, who will teach what, and who will assess what.
We have included a free 2-page lesson plan template that can help guide your planning session.
Download it here
What are your go-to resources for planning for your co-teaching lessons?