Co-Teaching used in Different Grade Levels

Co-teaching is generally easier in lower grade levels because curricular content is not as difficult in the early years of education. However, as students progress into middle and high school, topics become increasingly complex, and co-educators in the classroom have a harder time meeting the demands of co-teaching if one falls short in content knowledge (Dieker, 2001; Dieker & Murawski, 2003; McLeskey & Billingsley, 1997). Generally, “secondary special educators often are provided strong preparation in learning differences and accommodations but have limited content specific curricular knowledge” (Dieker & Murawski, 2003, p. 3) For example, if a special educator is not well versed in high school physics, it will be difficult to understand the lesson in order to provide the most helpful forms of differentiation.

Remember, if co-teaching is used, it is important that both students and teachers are receiving maximum benefit from the model!

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