Successful Co-Teaching in the Science Classroomby: Leslie Forbes and Stacy Billet

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There are five main forms of co-teaching: lead and support, station teaching, parallel teaching, alternative teaching, and team teaching. A description of the forms, the pros and cons of co-teaching, and its effectiveness in the science classroom is included.

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  • on Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:17 AM

Every year school administrators have to determine whether they will be able to place special education teachers or aides in mainstreamed classrooms. When a second teacher is assigned to the same class, an opportunity for co-teaching presents itself. This article shares how one particular co-teaching experience was a win-win for both teachers and all of their students. The two teachers were able to work cooperatively to meet the needs of each and every student in the class. An added benefit was that the science teacher learned new strategies for helping special needs students, and the special education teacher learned new science content.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

  • on Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:50 PM

Co-Teaching appears to have had an impact on improving the academics of students with exceptionalities. The article points out there are five main forums of co-teaching: lead and support, station teaching, parallel teaching, alternative teaching, and team teaching. With each model there are pros and cons. The authors do an exceptional job of identifying both within the article.

Sandy Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandy Gady (Renton, WA)

  • on Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:01 PM

I really enjoyed this article because, as someone who has co-taught many science classes, I could relate to everything the authors stated. The article is easy to read and to the point. The authors very nicely summarized different (and doable) methods for co-teaching, including the pros and cons to both content area and special education area teachers. While there is no “magic bullet” for teaching the wide variety of students we have in our classes today, these authors will stimulate you to try different methods of co-teaching.

Patricia  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)

  • on Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:49 PM

There are actually five different models of co-teaching – lead and support; station teaching; parallel teaching; alternative teaching; and team teaching. Each of these different models is explained. I find this interesting because I only knew of one and I was never part of a co-teaching situation in my 29 years of experience. The pros and cons are explored as well. With so much inclusion in a regular classroom it seems to me that this would be a great opportunity for both student and teacher.

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

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