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Co-teaching in the Middle School Classroom Tanya Jury University of Kentucky EDL 770
What is Co-teaching?• A regular education teacher and special education teacher work as partners to teach a group of regular education and special education students in one classroom• Both the regular education and special education teachers plan, deliver, and evaluate the instruction• The level of participation from each teacher may vary
Why Co-teach?• Allows special education students the opportunity for inclusion in a regular education classroom• All students receive improved instruction• Receive support as a teacher• Minimized behavior problems and increased learning• More opportunity to reach a variety of learning styles
Barriers to Co-teaching• “Mine versus Theirs” mentality• Time• Parent perceptions• Administrative support• Different teaching styles
What Does Co-teaching Look Like in a Middle School?• Co-teaching at Herndon Middle School• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23P69DV9d3E& feature=player_detailpage
Co-teaching Models• Lead-Support• Pull aside groups• Parallel teaching• Station teaching• Team teaching
Making Co-teaching Work in Your Classroom• Plan, plan, plan!• Have a professional, working relationship• Attend staff development about co-teaching• Resolve small issues before they become big problems• Define each person’s roles and responsibilities
References• Cooke, L. (2004). Co-teaching: Principles, practices, and pragmatics. Unpublished manuscript, New Mexico Public Education Department, California State University, Northridge, California.• Fairfax County Schools (2012, April 27). Co-teaching at Herndon MS. Retrieved on July 11, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23P69DV9d3E&feature=player_detailpage• Friend, M. (2008). Co-teaching: A simple solution that isnt simple after all. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 2(2), 9-19.• Pearl, M., Maughmer, B., & McQueen, C. (1999). Co-teaching: A different approach for cooperating teachers and student teachers. Unpublished manuscript, Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, Illinois.