By Guest Blogger Jennifer Lundstrom Hernandez
Recently, I had the privilege of sitting on a panel of co-teachers (EL and content) to answer questions from an undergraduate class of future secondary content teachers on the topic of co-teaching. My Earth Science co-teacher and I were one co-teaching pair, and we were joined by a pair of Super Co-teachers from St. Paul. These co-teachers inspired awe. They had been co-teaching for ten years and worked so seamlessly together that they could finish one another’s sentences. On a previous occasion, I had seen this co-teaching pair model a lesson at a professional development event for math teachers. They delivered an energetic, authentic, interactive class on calculating unit rate that was chock-full of opportunities for students to develop both academic language and math content skills. These teachers are the real deal. And they intimidated the heck out of me.
I am not easily…
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