What is Co-teaching

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What is Co-teaching

Co-teaching is when two teachers collaborate in a general education classroom to meet the educational needs of all students (Salend, 2011, p. 144)."Teacher involved in co-teaching share responsibitlity and for planning and delivering instructions, evaluating, grading, and disciplining students" (Salend, 2011, p. 144).

What is co-teaching?

- It improves student's with disabilities self-esteem and they look forward to going to school (Walsh, 2012, p.1).- "Performance" of these students is strengthened and they show an "increase in proficiency in mathematics and reading" (Walsh, 2012, p. 2).- Special education students are more engaged from the activities and materials of a general education classroom (Walsh, 2012, p. 2).- Teacher performance and skills are improved and the quality of the classroom is increased (Walsh, 2012, p. 3).


-Collaborative teaching can emphasize too much on one technique of instruction (Samuels, 2015, p. 2)-"Co-teaching can uncover "stress points in a school, such as administrative support, teacher skill, and mismatched education plans for students" (Samuel, 2015, p. 2).- It cannot allow for enough time for planning instruction (Pratt, 2014, p. 1)- "Special education teachers often act as assistants, creating an imbalance in use of expertise and skills which greatly hinders effective instruction and learning for all students" (Pratt, 2015, p. 1).

Personal Feelings



Disadvantages of Co-teaching

Advantages of Co-teaching

- I will need to work with the co-teacher to generate lesson plans to ensure an effective learning environment for all students (Pratt, 2015). - I will establish open communication to ensure that we are meeting the educational needs of the students. (2015, July 14). Retrieved from www.brooklyn.k12.oh.us/userfiles/42/Classes/28435/Co-Teaching.pdf- The co-teacher and I will have to remain equals during instruction and not relegate each other's instruction "to the role of an assistant." (2015, July 14). Retrieved from www.brooklyn.k12.oh.us/userfiles/42/Classes/28435/Co-Teaching.pdf

- I am open to working with another teacher in my classroom, because it ensure that all the students are being engaged. - It will reduce some of my planning time which will keep me from getting burnt out.- I think I will able to learn from another teacher's technique of teaching and it will help to access my own instruction.-It will be rewarding to the progression of the students' learning from having two teachers in the classroom.

- I will create lessons plans that can be easily differentiated for gifted, regular and special education students.- I will plan for disruptions in the class schedule (i.e. assemblies or pep rallies). - I will plan activities that can be used when there is no internet or electricity.- I will sure that I am prepared with enough learning material for the length of the class- I will have a back up plan in case an activity is proving to be ineffective.

Ber Staff Development. (2011, March 17). Co-Teaching in inclusive classrooms, grades k-6, part 1: whole group structures and strategies. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek951kXTBzo Co-Teaching: an introduction for teachers. (2015, July 14). Retrieved from http://www.brooklyn.k12.oh.us/userfiles/42/Classes/28435/Co-Teaching.pdf Pratt, S. (2014). Achieving symbiosis: working through challenges found in co-teaching to achieve effective co-teaching relationships. Teaching & Teacher Education, 41,1-12. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2014.02.006Salend, S. J. (2005). Creating inclusive classrooms: Effective and reflective practices for all students (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.Samuels, C. A. (2015). Challenge of co-teaching a special education issue. Education Week, 34(34), 1-11.Walsh, J. M. (2012). Co-Teaching as a school system strategy for continuous improvement. Preventing School Failure, 56(1), 29-36. doi:10.1080/1045988X.2011.555792


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