Teachers learned new techniques for co-teaching math, making the subject accessible for all students and personalizing learning solutions for their classes.
One of the more interesting approaches involved a movie clip. Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro are walking down the hallway of their school. If there are 500 lockers in their school, how many lockers of each color are there based on the pattern shown in the movie clip?
Lori Gardner, retired Park City School District associate superintendent of teaching, learning and technology says that the approach of using a movie clip is a new way to present story problems. It is “using a problem-solving activity they can relate to,” she said, while speaking to 36 middle school teachers who were starting a yearlong training on co-teaching.
Gardners was providing professional development on co-teaching along with other instructors at the office of the Utah State Board of Education. Pairing a general educator and special educator in the same classroom is a co-teaching strategy which is shown to improve math proficiency among students in special education.
Gardner was among a handful of instructors providing professional development on co-teaching Tuesday at the office of the Utah State Board of Education. Co-teaching pairs a general educator and a special educator in the same classroom with the objective of using newly learned instructional concepts and techniques to improve math proficiency among students with disabilities.