Comparing the co-teaching relationship to a marriage, this resource offers a lighthearted yet comprehensive perspective on setting up, conducting, and maintaining a successful co-teaching partnership.
Chapter 8: Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The Role of the Administrator
Avoiding Arranged Marriages: The Search for Soul Mates
Getting Volunteers and Building Teams
As the administrator of a school or district, you have decided that it is time for some of your teachers to take the plunge into that professional “marriage” known as co-teaching. You also know that “administrators who do not want their teachers to get ‘divorced’ too soon need to recognize the importance of encouraging self-selection of partners” (Murawski, 2008b, p. 27). In the components of effective collaboration cited by Friend and Cook (2003), being “voluntary” is key. Unfortunately, however, many administrators feel the philosophical, legal, ethical, or logistical need to have co-teaching occur at their site and the result is a ...