How Do I Use The Models?
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In this unit you will
- Read and analyze a lesson plan to identify the audience, objective and learning activity.
- Incorporate a co-teaching model to maximize student achievement.
- Begin thinking of the effectiveness of that model in the given context.
As you explore this unit, ask yourself the following questions to guide your thinking.
- How is the co-teaching model influenced by the population of students in a class?
- How do the lesson objectives and the learning activities influence the co-teaching model chosen?
- What would formative data look like for me to consider this a successful choice of co-teaching model?
In this unit, you will read about a fictitious classroom of students, and examine a lesson plan to determine which co-teaching model you would include to maximize your students' mastery of the lesson objective.
- 20 students in a third grade, co-taught classroom.
- Urban, ethnically and racially diverse, Title I school.
- 2 of the students in the classroom are classified as expanding level ELL.
- 8 of the students have IEPs.
- 5 students are classified with speech and language needs.
- 2 students are classified with learning disabilities.
- 1 student is classified with autism.
- About 60% of the students are chronically absent.
- There are diverse academic reading levels in the room.
- 14 students are reading at grade level as assessed by their F&Ps.
- 4 students are 1-2 grades below grade level as assessed by their F&Ps.
- 2 students are 3 or more grade levels below grade level as assessed by their F&Ps.
Objective: Students will be able to identify 2 key details to support the a given main idea.
Mini-Lesson: Students will work in groups of 4 to sort given statements and identify which statements are main ideas, and which are key details that support them. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:
- The ear is made up of 3 main sections that each have a main job. (MI)
- Your outer ear is called the pinna and it's job is to gather sounds and send them to the middle ear. (KD)
- The middle ear's job is to take sound waves that enter through the outer ear and deliver them as vibrations to the inner ear. (KD)
- It is important to take good care of your ears. (MI)
- Put sunscreen on your ears to prevent sunburn. (KD)
- Wash the outside of your ears with soap and water to keep them clean. (KD)
- Kittens need special care. (MI)
- They have to be fed twice a day. (KD)
- You have to watch them carefully because they will chew and scratch up everything. (KD)
- Students will do a shared read of a grade-level article.
- Students will be given the main idea of the article.
- Students will have to highlight at least 2 key details in the article that support that main idea.
- Students will join with a partner to share and discuss the key details they found. Partner A will share first, while Partner B listens and evaluates Partner A's key details. Partners will then switch jobs.
- Given the following main idea, students will need to choose 2 key details that support it from a list of mixed statements.
- Given Main Idea: It is important to come to school every day.
- Mixed Statements
- I walk to school in the morning, and take the bus in the afternoon.
- If I don't come to school, I will be missing important information.
- Cheeseburgers are my favorite school lunch.
- I love going down the slide at recess.
- It is hard to jump back in and learn when I have been absent a lot.
Which Model Works Best?
Considering the demographics, the classroom layout, the lesson objective and learning activities, which co-teaching model do you believe will most maximize students' ability to correctly identify key details to support a main idea?
While you consider the question above, use the following questions to help guide your choice:
- How does the classroom layout facilitate or hinder my decision to use a particular co-teaching model?
- Which students would benefit from which co-teaching models?
- In a traditional, one teacher, lecture style classroom, what accommodations would any of these students need to be successful in mastering the lesson objective?
When you are ready, and have chosen a co-teaching model, click the link below to move into the fourth and final unit of this course!