Co-teaching: Putting Theory into Practice

By Ellen Warrington and Dawn Behan.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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This article will present descriptions of the six co-teaching models: one teach, one assist; one teach, one observe; parallel teaching; station teaching; team teaching; and alternative teaching. Also identified within the article are elements for effective co-teaching based on feedback from current graduate students as well as analysis of previously completed studies.

Keywords: Co-teaching, Parallel Teaching, Station Teaching, Alternative Teaching, Team Teaching, Delivery Models

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 161.255KB).

Dr. Ellen Warrington

Associate Professor, Education, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

I have been teaching at Mount Mercy University since 1998, after teaching special education in the public schools for twenty years. My teaching career included teaching in both resource and self-contained programs for grades K - 12. Areas that have received my undivided attention during my teaching career include Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder, self-advocacy, self-determination, and social skills. In addition, I keep current with research and information on adults with disabilities. I provide in-service training for local schools in accommodations for special needs and for dealing with those identified with ADD / ADHD.

Dr. Dawn Behan

Associate Professor, Education, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

Associate Professor of Education Dawn Behan is the newest member of Mount Mercy’s Education Department, joining the faculty in 2008. She also serves as the director of graduate programs in education. Before coming to Mount Mercy, she served as a professor at Upper Iowa University, where she taught special education. For 16 years she served students in grades 5 - 12 at the Mental Health Institute in Independence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, with emphasis in special education - behavior disorders. She belongs to the international service sorority Beta Sigma Phi, as well as the honor society in higher education Phi Beta Lambda, a community service organization. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and Behavior Disorders. She has presented at national and international conferences over the past 12 years, highlighting such topics as educating students with emotional or behavioral disorders.