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Co-Teaching for General Education Teachers:
Sharing the Experience
“A partnership in which two educators collaborate and plan in a cooperative fashion to jointly and directly teach students.”
The Power of 2
The Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Students K-8
Determining what two teachers can do together that one person cannot easily do alone.
An attitude of sink or swim together, and learn by sharing.
Integrating students but adults still maintain responsibility for their own separate populations.
Homogeneous grouping of all at-risk students in one classroom with two teachers.
Mutual planning and evaluation of learner outcomes and proposed strategies.
Determining and defining roles and responsibilities for working together in different capacities.
Collaborative teaching without collaborative planning.
One person delivering content; the other is responsible for crowd control.
Taking time to debrief and reflect on instruction.
Use of effective communication and conflict management skills.
Use of peer coaching.
Creating learned helplessness.
Pulling students to the back of the room rather than forming groups according to needs.
Parallel teaching without communication.
Sharing of ideas, strategies, and techniques.
Supporting and enhancing each other’s learning.
One teaches while the other takes a break.
Video Clip: Marilyn Friend
The first step to successful co-teaching is getting to know yourself (e.g., beliefs, skills, strengths, knowledge, experience, and personal stressors).
Complete individually “Pulling Together for the Future”(first column only) on page 6
and “As a Partner or a Team Player” on
Now that you know yourself better, let’s take some time to get to know your co-teacher(s).
Discuss and chart the following:
Write a reflection on:
How will this information help you
Video Clip: The Power of 2
Most professionals agree that co-teaching must be based on teachers’ shared fundamental beliefs about their teaching, their students, and their classroom expectations.
Instructional content and expectations for students.
Parity, or how it will be clear that both educators have the same status in the classroom.
Noise and each educator’s tolerance for it.
The definition of “help”.
Student evaluation, including grading.
Video Clip: The Power of 2
As we watch the Power of 2, please use page 18, “Analyzing Co-Teaching Approaches”, to take notes on each of the six approaches to collaborative teaching.
Analyzing Co-Teaching Approaches.
A wonderful aspect of co-teaching is that it allows you to take risks, learn from each other, and grow as professionals.
Co-teaching provides a safety net when you take risks in your instruction. When you try something new and it doesn’t work, you have another teacher in the room who can step in with another technique or lesson that works, or point out the area of difficulty, or assist in redirecting the lesson . . .
Co-teaching is an experience that is as good as you allow it to be. You have the opportunity to work with another educator daily. Make the most of it. Enjoy!
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The Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Students K-8. (n.d.). Power point presentation for teachers. In Co-teaching (resources). Retrieved March 1, 2007 from http://www.k8accesscenter.org/index.php/category/co-teaching/http://www.floridainclusionnetwork.com/
Cook, L. & Friend, M. (2004, April 29). Co-teaching approaches. In Co-teaching: Principles, practices, and pragmatics. Presented at the April 2004 New Mexico Public Education Department Quarterly Special Education Meeting. Retrieved March 1, 2007, fromhttp://www.ped.state.nm.us/seo/library/qrtrly.0404.coteaching.lcook.pdf
Cook, L. & Friend, M. (2004, April 29). The pragmatics of co-teaching. In Co-Teaching: Principles, practices, and pragmatics. Presented at the April 2004 New Mexico Public Education Department Quarterly Special Education Meeting. Retrieved March 1, 2007 from http://www.ped.state.nm.us/seo/library/qrtrly.0404.coteaching.lcook.pdf
DeBoer, A. & Fister, S. (1995). Working together: Tools for collaborative teaching. Longmont, CO: Sopris West Educational Services.
Forum on Education (Producer). (2005). The power of 2 with Marilyn Friend [Motion picture]. (Available from National Professional Resources, Inc. 25 South Regent Street, Port Chester, NY 10573)
Friend, M. (2005). The power of 2: Making a difference through co-teaching (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: The Forum on Education.
Marston, N. (n.d.). 6 steps to successful co-teaching: Helping special and regular education teachers work together. Retrieved October 13, 2006 from the National Education Association Web site: http://www.nea.org/teachexperience/spedk031113.html