Collaborative Teaming: Teachers' Guides To Inclusive Practices

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-04-30
  • Publisher: Brookes Pub
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Collaborative teaming is the glue that holds an inclusive school together, but most teachers don't get the training they need to put this critical process to work. Schools can fulfill that need with the new edition of this book, an easy-to-use guide to forming effective collaborative teams that help stimulate students' academic progress and social behavior in general education. Educators will learn how to, select team members, facilitate smooth communication during team meetings, define the team's purpose and focus, and schedule and preserve time for teaming. Teachers will also get new and expanded information to help them identify problems, decide on solutions, and create action plans; work cooperatively with family members and paraprofessionals; co-teach with other professionals; and avoid or resolve conflict. Filled with vignettes that show the strategies and suggestions in action, this guidebook will increase teacher motivation, bring about better decisions and outcomes, and facilitate the active involvement and learning of all students.

Author Biography

Martha E. Snell, Ph.D., is Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia Rachel Janney, Ph.D., is Professor, Special Education Department, Radford University, Radford, Virginia

Table of Contents

About the Authors vii
Acknowledgments ix
Overview of Collaborative Teaming
Purpose of This Book
Inclusive Education
Collaborative Teaming
Delivering Special Education Support
Team Members
Team Interactions
Components of Collaborative Teamwork
Benefits and Challenges of Collaborative Teaming
Building Team Structure
Administrative Leadership and Negative Staff Attitudes
Phases of Policy Development and Administrative Support for Teams
Define Team Purpose and Focus
Establish Team Membership
Time Needed for Teams to Meet
Finding the Time to Plan
Support Teams and Teamwork
Learning Teamwork Skills
Listening and Interacting Well
Establishing Shared Values
Defining Roles and Responsibilities
Establishing a Team Meeting Process and Schedule
Preparing for and Conducting Team Meetings
Giving and Receiving Information
Making Decisions by Consensus
Teaming Effectively On-the-Fly
Reflecting on the Team Process
Problem-Solving and Action Planning
Problem-Solving Methods
Step 1: Identify the Problem
Step 2: Brainstorm Possible Solutions
Step 3: Evaluate the Possible Solutions
Step 4: Choose a Solution
Step 5: Write an Action Plan
Step 6: Evaluate the Plan and Make Needed Changes
Problem-Solving Approaches Used by Adult Teams
Simpler Problem-Solving Approaches Used by Peers
Common Problem-Solving Issues
Revising Team Action Plans
Coordinating Team Action
Organizing Support Options with Staff Schedules and Training
Organizing Paperwork
Coordinating Across Team Members
Teaching Collaboratively
Rationale for Cooperative Teaching
Benefits of Co-Teaching
Collaborative Teaching Approaches
Planning at the School Level
Role Exchange Strategy
Complementary Instruction
Supportive Learning Activities
Variations for Teaming Across Grade Levels
Planning Between Collaborative Teachers
Evaluating Outcomes
Improving Communication and Handling Conflict
Establishing Team Trust
Promoting Accurate and Unambiguous Communication
Being Sensitive to Diversity and Avoiding Stereotyping
Fostering Positive Staff--Family Interactions
Addressing Disagreement
Resolving Conflict Constructively
Appendix Blank Forms
Issue-Action Planning Form
Collaborative Team Meeting Worksheet
SAM Problem-Solving Form
Index 155

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