Co-Teaching: Benefits & Strategies

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Instructor: Marquis Grant
This lesson defines and highlights the benefits of co-teaching in the classroom. Examples of effective co-teaching models that are used in real-world classrooms are explored.

Overview of Co-Teaching

Co-teaching involves two teachers collaborating in a single classroom environment for the purpose of meeting the needs of all students, including students with disabilities and students who are served within English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Co-teaching is a growing trend in the 21st century as educators try to find ways to address the needs of all students served in the regular education setting. If done effectively, co-teaching infuses the strengths of both teachers and maximizes instructional output. How co-teachers co-exist with each other can highly influence the entire classroom environment.

The main thought behind co-teaching is that all students be afforded the right to participate in the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible. The co-taught classroom makes this possible. Co-teaching is highly recommended as a best-practice when implementing an inclusion model, benefiting students with and without disabilities.

Building a Co-Teaching Relationship

In a true co-teaching classroom, both teachers share equal responsibility when it comes to accountability for student success in the inclusive classroom. This means the special education teacher or the ESL teacher is not just a teacher for children with disabilities or language barriers; she is also a teacher for the other students as well. Teaching collaboratively allows educators to identify individual and group strengths while managing the requirements of curriculum overload, frequent assessments, and accountability structures under state and federal mandates. Teachers can transition into the co-teacher partnership at varying stages and at equally varying rates depending on their ability to connect professionally, develop a rapport with each other, and schedule shared planning time.

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