What challenges should all special educators be prepared to overcome in inclusive co-teaching classrooms?
Meet with a certified special educator who co-teaches in an inclusive classroom at a school of your choice; ideally the school is at the grade range in which you would like to teach (e.g., elementary, middle, secondary). Co-teaching in this instance would include a special education teacher working with a general education teacher, paraeducator, instructional assistant, or related services professional/support staff. —-Prior to observing the teacher, ask the following questions: ***How often do you meet with your co-teacher for planning purposes and collaboration? Do you share a planning period or meet outside of school hours? ***What partnership arrangement did you make with your co-teacher before you began your co-teaching relationship? ***Did you choose the colleague you work with, or was this teaching arrangement assigned to you without your input? ***How did you prepare for being a co-teacher? Do you enjoy it? Why or why not? ***What challenges should all special educators be prepared to overcome in inclusive co-teaching classrooms? What are the benefits of a co-teaching relationship? ***What have your personal experiences as a co-teacher shown you related to student success?