Dear students and families,
Welcome to our second grade classroom. We know this is not the way you had hoped to start second grade, but let's hope it is not how it ends. Either way, we have a whole school year together and we are looking forward to getting to know you remotely and in person. We love connecting with you and finding out all the wonderful things that make you, YOU!
You have two teachers this year; Ms. Favale and Ms. Hasbrouck. This will be our ninth year co-teaching together. Our first six weeks of school is all about building a classroom community. While we are not physically in our classroom ( Room 4), we are still a community of learners and it is important that we build a brave, comfortable space together. There will be times when it will be easy and other days , not so easy, but it is important to remember that we are in this together and we are here for each other.
Below we have a poem as well as a definition of co-teaching that we try to uphold and improve on each year we are together.
Let's have a great year!
Ms.Hasbrouck and Ms. Favale
WHAT IS CO-TEACHING?
Co-teaching is two or more people sharing responsibility for teaching some or
all of the students assigned to a classroom. It involves the distribution of
responsibility among people for planning, instruction, and evaluation for a
classroom of students. Another way of saying this is that co-teaching is a fun
way for students to learn from two or more people who may have different
ways of thinking or teaching. Some people say that co-teaching is a creative
way to connect with and support others to help all children learn. Others say
that co-teaching is a way to make schools more effective. Co-teaching can be
likened to a marriage. Partners must establish trust, develop and work on communication,
share the chores, celebrate, work together creatively to overcome
the inevitable challenges and problems, and anticipate conflict and handle it in
a constructive way. (http://www.corwin.com/upm-data/6847_villa_ch_1.pdf)