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1 The Ins, Outs of Co- Teaching – An Overview Division of Special Education Services Elementary Campus Coordinators

2 What is Co-Teaching? Co teaching occurs when two or more educators provide instruction to students with varying abilities in the same physical area. The professionals are partners in the education process and actively and jointly plan and implement curriculum. The educators share their expertise and knowledge to provide a rich experience for all students.

3 Rationales for the Use of Co-Teaching Increase instructional options for all students – means of bringing the strengths of two teachers together to enhance learning for all students Improve program intensity and continuity – students receive more instruction, fragmentation that occurs with pullouts is avoided, generalization of skills is enhanced Reduce the stigma for all students – reduces the negative connotations attributed to special education Increase professional support – Teachers help each other clarify partner presentations, and gauge students needs at particular portions of the curriculum

4 Five Models of Co-Teaching Complimentary Instruction - one teacher assumes the role of lead teacher and the other circulates the room, observes and provides assistance as necessary; roles should be rotated Station Teaching – instruction is divided into two or three parts and each teacher presents a lesson in one station through which students rotate Parallel Teaching – Both teachers present the same content to half of the class simultaneously Alternate teaching – one teacher instructs a small group of students apart form the rest of the class either for enrichment, re-teach, pre- teaching, or make up material; heterogeneous grouping should be maintained Team Teaching – both teachers simultaneously share the direct instruction of the content

5 Do’s of Co-Teaching Do discuss routine matters, such as discipline, classroom management, and expectations for all students Do allow time for reflection and reevaluation of the co- teaching Do discuss modifications that may be necessary for students with special needs Do pay attention to the details of sharing space. Do plan together regularly.

6 Don'ts of Co-Teaching Don’t regard co teaching as an add-on service. It should replace pull-out service. Don’t expect the special educator to work only with students identified as special education. Don’t use a single model of co-teaching.

7 Conclusion Co-teaching provides a framework through which the general and special educator can implement success for a diverse classroom of students.

8 References Cook, L. & Friend, M. - Co teaching : What’s it all about? Dettmer, P. Thurston, L.P. & Dyck, N. – Consultation, collaboration and teamwork: for students with special needs Thousand, J.S., & Villa, R.A. – Sharing expertise and responsibilities through teaching teams


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