Resource Image Science Sampler: Thriving in the co-taught classroom

by: Erin Peters and Timothy Johnson
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
Average Rating: Rating
 based on 3 reviews
Publication Title: Science Scope
Publication Date: 12/1/2006
Grade Level: Middle School


Classrooms are becoming more diverse as students with specific learning needs are moved out of self-contained special education classrooms and into mainstreamed classrooms with their non-disabled peers. The use of the co-teaching model allows for extensive flexibility in structuring instructional activities and responding to the needs of diverse learners. This article provides a summary of co-teaching practices that have been effective and beneficial for many years.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
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Intended User Role:Curriculum Supervisor, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Achievement, Classroom management, Educational research, Equity, Inclusion, Instructional materials, Professional development, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 5 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 5 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
    • Personal health
      • Security involves feelings of confidence and lack of anxiety and fear.
  • Process Standards for Professional Development
    • Research-Based
      • Use inquiry, reflection, interpretation of research, modeling, and guided practice to build understanding and skill in science teaching. (NSES)
    • Design
      • Uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal. (NSDC)
    • Learning
      • Applies knowledge about human learning and change. (NSDC)
  • Content Standards
    • Equity
      • Prepares educators to understand and appreciate all students, create safe, orderly and supportive learning environments, and hold high expectations for their academic achievement. (NSDC)

User Reviews

Concise summary of key methods for success
  Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN) on June 27, 2012
  Over the past 20 years I have co-taught with 5-6 different special needs teachers and I feel this article does a wonderful job of providing the main styles you would see in a co-taught classroom. In a classroom where the co-teaching is seamless, you would see different styles on different days or parts of the lesson as best fit the material and student needs. And I have to point out, that there were days when either one of the other of us had a sub, and learning continued and the classes did not fall behind. If you can co-teach with a special needs teacher who is willing to learn or knows the science that is great but not necessary for a successful partnership; but the best partnerships I have had were those where I worked on science content with my partner and they helped me with differentiation in all my lessons and creative ways of working with behavior issues and we both improved along with our students. I highly recommend this article as an introduction and basic explanation of ways to provide meaningful co-taught science.

Co-Teaching Science
  Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL) on August 23, 2011
  This is a great article for any teacher working in a co-teaching environment. It lists and explains unique strategies that can be employed when there are two teachers – a science teacher and a special education teacher in one classroom. The article also discusses the benefits of each strategy. I highly recommend this article to anyone teaching for the first time in a co-teaching classroom. Even the experienced co-teachers might find a new idea or refresh an old one with the information contained within this article.

Co-Teaching Strategies
  Adah (San Antonio, TX) on March 30, 2012
  Reading this article would be a must if you were to have to co-teach for the very first time. The authors describe six different approaches or strategies that might be used in that situation. They also address the approach that would be helpful for differentiated instruction in a diverse classroom. The average classroom that I have experienced has always been diverse. While I have never had the opportunity to co-teach reading this article was very interesting and informative.