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Communication for Co-Teaching:  Teacher Tools Related to Cooperative Teaching

  • Types of Co-Teaching
    Five types of co-teaching include: Lead and Support, Station Teaching, Parallel Teaching, Alternative Teaching, and Team Teaching.
  • Power of 2
    A Useful Resource: The Power of 2 website is an interactive resource designed to help teachers successfully include children with special needs into the general education classroom. Professionals are able to share effective strategies, complete learning modules, and have access to useful training and teaching materials.
  • Creating a schedule
    School personnel should create schedules for students with disabilities first, in order for teachers to have collaborative planning time and for the maximum support possible for students.
  • Developing a reflective framework
    A reflective framework is a tool that consists of questions co-teachers believe are important to think about related to evaluating the effectiveness of the co-teaching model.
  • Preparing students for co-teaching
    Students should be prepared for a co-taught classroom in order to facilitate the creation of a positive climate and a community of learners.
  • Co-Planning
    Co-planning involves two teachers using one of the models of co-teaching to decide how they will implement instruction to meet the needs of all students.
  • Curriculum Development
    Individuals involved in co-teaching should collaborate to establish curricular goals that meet the learning, behavioral, and social goals of the students with disabilities.
  • Grading Considerations
    Individuals involved in co-teaching should be creative and open-minded about the grading process with respect to assessing students with disabilities.
  • Blogging your successes
    Blogging provides an opportunity for co-teaching partners to share their thoughts with others about a particular instructional model.