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Maximizing the Effectiveness of the ICT Service Model

  • When ICT is viewed as a service model as opposed to a place, everyone benefits
  • Educators working in an ICT classroom must deliberately plan to implement ICT as a service model
  • Use the 7 step process shown below to learn steps for ICT service model implementation

7 Steps for Mapping Out the Process

 
 

Partnerships Must be Planned

 
It's important to view ICT as a service model that supports students as opposed to a teaching assignment. The whole point of having two teachers in the classroom is to maximize the educational capacity in the room in order to accommodate the huge learning spectrum that often exists in ICT classrooms. However, making that happen is no easy task, especially when given teaching programs that require three or more preps, your classes are maxed out, or you have more than one teaching partner. There is a lot of idealism behind the ICT partnership upon the first meeting with new co-teachers, but things get real very fast: planning time during lunch gets eaten away by meetings and lunch detention, grading piles up, school wide responsibilities start to press your time.
 
Despite the numerous obstacles that present themselves in our way, we must try to work within the given space and time we have in order to create a working partnership with our co-teacher and build an impactful relationship with our class. We have to work together: showing up, sharpening pencils, and passing out papers is not an appropriate means of providing services to students who are in great need of a whole lot of different learning methodologies. This key to success is exemplified in the NYC Continuum of Services for Students with Disabilities: “When they team teach, the general education and special education teacher meet to co-plan and prepare lessons, activities and projects that incorporate all learning modalities. Together, the general education and special education teacher carry out instruction employing a range of methodologies.”
 

Helpful Documents for Mapping Out the Partnership