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Two Teachers in the Room

Strategies for Co-Teaching Success, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth Stein


122 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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This new co-publication from Routledge and MiddleWeb provides a wealth of practical strategies and tips to help K–12 educators co-teach more effectively. Author Elizabeth Stein presents examples of different co-teaching models and shows how to cultivate a dynamic co-teaching relationship to benefit all students. Whether you’re a brand new co-teacher or are simply looking to improve the dynamics in your classroom, the research-based strategies, vignettes, and ready-to-use assessment rubrics in this book will help you create a positive learning culture that influences all learners, teachers, and students alike. Topics include:

  • Selecting and implementing the appropriate co-teaching model to optimize student learning;
  • Developing an effective curriculum that plays to the strengths of both teachers;
  • Creating a learning environment that promotes self-reflection and nurtures critical thinking;
  • Accommodating all learners by embracing a multi-dimensional view of teacher knowledge; and
  • Providing specific, attentive feedback to help students take charge of their learning.

The book also features book discussion questions for each chapter so you can work with colleagues during book studies and PLCs.


"Two Teachers in the Room combines what we know about best practices for co-teaching with current, evidence-based best practices for teaching in general. Stein’s book provides readers with concrete strategies for working collaboratively to engage students, increase motivation, recognize and teach diversity, and implement UDL. Co-teachers will be able to use the questions strategically placed throughout the text to create a dialogue, build rapport, increase skills, problem-solve, and improve communication. The book is practical, easy to read, and brings in content not addressed before in other co-teaching books. Two Teachers in the Room will be a must-have book for all new and veteran co-teaching teams!"--Wendy W. Murawski, PhD, Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair, Center for Teaching & Learning, California State University, Northridge

"Elizabeth Stein’s Two Teachers in the Room: Strategies for Co-Teaching Success is my new go-to guide when working with school teams who want to implement, or further develop, a co-teaching model. In Stein's words, this is a '"why to" approach to making co-teaching successful.' Two Teachers in the Room goes beyond the basics of co-teaching to focus on the relationship between the professionals, in order to best meet the needs of students. Stein has included scenarios and reflections throughout the book to give readers the opportunity to analyze and apply their new knowledge. In true Elizabeth Stein fashion, she encourages teachers to be intentional in their approach to curriculum, instruction, and social-emotional learning."--Christie Flayhart, Supervisor of Secondary Instructional Programs, Department of Special Education and Psychological Services, Frederick County Public Schools, MD

Table of Contents


Meet the Author




Chapter 1: Creating Possibilities: The Co-Teaching Models and Beyond!

Chapter 2: Essential Elements for Successful Co-Teaching

Chapter 3: Co-Creating Meaningful Learning Environments: Co-Teaching and

Classroom Management

Chapter 4: Setting the Stage for Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies for Motivation

Chapter 5: Engaging Learners through Captivating C-Teaching: Strategies for


Additional Thoughts, Reflections, and Action Steps

Appendix 1: Co-Teaching Sheet

Appendix 2: Strategies

Appendix 3: Book Discussion Questions



About the Author

Elizabeth Stein is a teaching veteran, with more than 25 years' experience, spanning grades K–12. She is currently a special education/UDL instructional coach and new-teacher mentor in Long Island New York’s Smithtown Central School District and a CAST cadre member. Elizabeth also writes the popular "Two Teachers in the Room" column for MiddleWeb.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General