ERIC Number: ED358604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Developing Positive Co-Teaching Environments: Meeting the Needs of an Increasingly Diverse Student Population.
Gately, Frank J., Jr.; Gately, Susan E.
This paper describes co-teaching as a collaborative, equal relationship between a regular classroom teacher and a special educator which allows for meeting the needs of a greater number of students with disabilities within a single regular classroom program. The co-teaching relationship is thought to develop through a series of three stages: (1) the beginning stage when communication between teachers is stifled or minimal and feelings of discomfort predominate; (2) the developing stage when communication becomes more open and interactive with the rudiments of shared responsibility becoming evident; and (3) the collaborative stage when both educators openly communicate and interact, and teachers and students experience a high degree of comfort. Eight primary components comprising the co-teaching relationship are discussed, including: interpersonal communication, physical arrangement, familiarity with curriculum, curriculum goals and modifications, instructional planning, instructional presentation, behavior management, and grading/evaluation. Strategies are suggested for modifying these components to facilitate movement through the three stages. A rating form to evaluate each of the eight components for co-teaching stage is attached. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children (71st, San Antonio, TX, April 5-9, 1993).