Collaborative Teaching

What Is Collaborative Teaching?
Collaborative team teaching often occurs in inclusion classrooms. In a collaborative classroom, general education and special education teachers work together to plan lessons, teach, monitor student progress and manage the class.
It’s an approach that makes it easier to teach all students the same content and hold them to the same educational standards. That includes kids students with disabilities (SWDs).

The Benefits of Collaborative Classrooms
Collaborative classrooms have many benefits. Students can spend more time with the teachers and get more individual attention. And with more than one teacher, it’s easier to teach students in smaller groups or one-on-one.
Students have the opportunity to learn from two teachers who may have different teaching styles, ideas, perspectives and experience. It also makes it easier to implement differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and scaffolding.

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These models are based on the work of Marilyn Friend. For information and the definitions of each collaborative grouping models click on the link below.

Some teachers wonder about the differences between Consultant Teacher (CT) and Intergrated Co-teaching (ICT). Click below to find out more information around these terms.

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