Science Sampler: Thriving in the co-taught classroomby: Erin Peters and Timothy Johnson

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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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  • on Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:51 PM

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.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:00 PM

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.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

  • on Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:31 AM

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.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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