CO-TEACHING INFORMATION OVERVIEW
Why does this class have 2 teachers?
Because 2 teachers are better than one! Even though this is a general education class, there are 2 teachers who work together to teach all of the students. One teacher has a general education certification, and one teacher has a special education certification (some may even have both). The class is made up of both general education students and special education students who learn, work, and play together throughout the day. Both teachers are the teacher – there is no lead teacher or assistant. Both teachers work with ALL of the students. The goal is to create a community in the classroom where the children learn from one another and accept each another’s strengths and weaknesses.
What are the benefits of Co-Teaching for my child?
One teacher can only do so much. With a large group of children, it can be difficult to make sure each student is getting enough attention. Two teachers are able to divide their time more efficiently by taking turns leading the class and helping individual students. This also allows a teacher to lead small groups for group projects, or take aside students that may be falling behind the rest of their class. Because there is a special education teacher in the room, he/she is trained to adapt lessons in multiple ways, so that ALL students can access the information. Basically, each child receives more one-on-one time with a teacher than in a single-teacher classroom.
Benefits for ALL Students
- Children spend more time working cooperatively, learning content, and meeting and appreciating students with different abilities.
- Diverse learning techniques and teaching techniques available.
- Unique learning needs met to the greatest extent possible.
- Improved self-esteem for all.
- Opportunities for leadership and growth.
- Less fear of failure due to successful experiences.
- Enhanced sense of responsibility.