"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela
My Co-Teaching Classroom
I often feel like the luckiest teacher in the world! Not only do I get to teach kindergarten, I am also a co-teacher. I am blessed to work with a wonderfully talented special educator and teaching assistant in my classroom all day. Together we work to provide all of our students with individualized education plans, whether it is giving them remediation or enrichment. I truly believe that through the co-teaching model we can reach the needs of all our students while teaching them to embrace and respect individual differences. The most meaningful compliment that our classroom can receive is for someone to come in and not be able to point out the students who have a formal IEP.
I have been teaching at the same school for 13 years, 12 of which have been in kindergarten. I feel that kindergarten is where my heart is - that I was born a kindergarten teacher. The kindergarten position that I moved into was an inclusion classroom. I was always surprised that none of the other kindergarten teachers would have taken this position because the special educator and teaching assistant were such an integral part of the classroom and I thought the more the merrier! Who would't want extra support? I have never known it any other way and I really hope that I never have to! Four years ago, our inclusion classroom turned into a co-teaching classroom, so the special educator "lives" with me in the classroom full time, which is awesome!!