When we first began co-teaching many questioned the benefits of co-teaching. We found ourselves sharing research and our own personal experiences to provide evidence to benefits for children. Today, teachers share these benefits with us. You can still find research to support co-teaching, but first hand accounts of teachers in the classroom every day is powerful! The following are examples of benefits we have seen and also that teachers have shared with us.
For Students with Disabilities . . .
- Increased participation in general education classrooms
- Higher achievement and test scores
- Better social skills
- Higher self-esteem
- Less behavior problems
- Reduced curriculum fragmentation and “missed” activities
- Higher teacher expectations
For Students without Disabilities . . .
- Exposure to a wider range of instructional alternatives
- Additional help for other students who need assistance
- Greater acceptance of human differences
- Better understanding of the similarities among students
- Academic performance is equal or improved
We would love to hear from you, what benefits have you seen in your classroom?