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Co teaching

  1. 1. Co-teaching in Regular Education Classrooms<br />Presented by<br />Ajay Das, Ph.D.<br />The University of Melbourne, Australia<br />
  2. 2. What is Co-teaching?<br />Two or more people sharing responsibility for teaching all of the students assigned to a classroom. <br />Villa, Thousand, Nevin (2004) <br />
  3. 3. Characteristics of Co-taught Classrooms<br />Involves two or more professionals<br />Heterogenous group of students<br />Shared delivery of instruction<br />Occurs in a shared physical space<br />Participation may vary based on needs of students<br />
  4. 4. Difficulties Faced by SWDs in Regular Education Classrooms<br />Reading Fluency<br />Reading Comprehension<br />Math Reasoning/Problem Solving<br />Math Computation<br />Math Fluency<br />Written Expression<br />Other difficulties (organization, time management, note taking, receptive and expressive abilities etc.) <br />
  5. 5. Why Co-teach?<br />Mandates of Federal Laws:<br />IDEA (1997) and NCLB (2001) required students with disabilities to be included in regular ed. Classrooms as full participants in rigorous academic and general education curriculum and assessment.<br />2. Academic and Social Skills gains: <br /> Demonstrated benefits for students with and without disabilities (Welch, 2000; Hourcade & Bauwens, 2002)<br />
  6. 6. Student Benefits<br />Increased homework completion rate<br />More opportunity for direct teacher contact<br />Availability of different teaching methods<br />Helps students build relationships with teachers<br />Learning modes are easily accommodated<br />Daily work habits are reinforced and monitored<br />Conducive to parent support<br />
  7. 7. Teacher Benefits<br />Not isolated<br />Shared chores<br />Parent conferences are more effective<br />Fewer discipline problems<br />Share and learn expertise and strategies<br />Shared accountability<br />
  8. 8. Co-teaching Models<br />Supportive teaching<br />Parallel teaching<br />Team teaching<br />
  9. 9. Issues to Resolve in Planning Co-teaching Lessons<br />Instruction<br />Student Behavior<br />What content will we include?<br />Who plans what content?<br />How will we share teaching responsibility?<br />Who adapts the curriculum and assessment for select students?<br />What are our strengths in the area of instruction and assessment?<br />Who determines the disciplinary procedures?<br />Who carries out the disciplinary procedures and delivers the consequences?<br />How will we be consistent in dealing with problem behavior(s)?<br />How will we proactively address behavior problems?<br />
  10. 10. Evaluation<br />Communication<br />How will we monitor student’s progress?<br />How will we assess and grade student performance?<br />Who evaluates which group of students?<br />What types and frequency of communication do we each like to have with parents?<br />Who will communicate with parents? (sp. ed. kids’ parents??)<br />Who communicates with administrators?<br />
  11. 11. What Co-teaching is NOT?<br />Co-teaching is NOT when one person conducts a lesson and the other stands or sits by and watch.<br />Co-teaching is NOT when one person teaches the class and the other prepares instructional materials at the photocopier or grades students’ tests/quizzes in his/her classroom.<br />Co-teaching is NOT happening when the ideas of one person prevail for what is to be taught or how it will be taught and assessed.<br />
  12. 12. Administrator Actions to Promote Co-teaching<br />Publicly articulate rationale for co-teaching<br />Identify strengths of special education teachers and pair them accordingly <br />Create a master schedule for collaboration<br />Provide time for co-teachers to meet by relieving them from non-instructional duties<br />Educate school and community members about the accomplishments of collaborative planning and teaching teams<br />

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