The co-teaching movement is about teachers learning from each other, and it is affecting how teachers work in classrooms nationwide.

Soft SkillsIn Sauk Prarie School District, Tower Rock Elementary School reading interventionist Claire Fallon believes in the old adage that two heads are better than one.

“Research has shown that even just a different person restating what the first person said can help increase learning in students,” she said.

Fallon believes that co-teaching benefits all students, not just the one who would have needed academic intervention.

Co-teaching has six different models.  Sauk Prairie schools executive director of special education Doug Yost defines co-teaching as “two or more professionals delivering instruction to a diversified student body in a single, physical space.” Concerning which model to use, he says “It depends on the group of students you are working with and what the situation is that you move between the models.”

The approaches include utilizing a lead and support teacher; having a teacher observe while the other one teaches; team teaching, where both teachers share classroom leadership; alternative teaching dividing students into a large and small group; station teaching, which has students move among teachers; and parallel teaching which splits the student body in half.

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