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Disability Awareness and Collaboration

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Imagine that you have been asked to co-teach with a general education teacher who has a limited perspective on the abilities of students with disabilities. What is a good collaborative approach? Discuss how you might use a collaborative approach to influence having high expectations of all students in an inclusive classroom

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Co-teaching involves two or more certified teachers who contract to share instructional responsibility for a single group of students primarily in a single classroom for a specific content and objective with mutual ownership, and joint accountability.

Teachers exhibit leadership in multiple ways. Some the teacher roles are formal with designated responsibilities. Others are more informal roles as teachers interact with their peers. The variety of roles ensures that teachers and co-teachers can find ways to teach that fit their talents and interests. Regardless of the roles they assume, teachers shape the culture of their schools, improve student learning, and influence learners (Harrison & Killion, 2007).

Co-teaching enables teachers or other licensed professionals to form instructional partnerships for the purpose of delivering high quality instruction to diverse classroom groups. Generally, students with disabilities or other special needs benefit ...

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Collaboration in every learning platform has challenges. Thus, the expert share ideas, concept, and examples of good collaboration techniques that promotes a positive learning environment for educators that collectively work to improve the learning for all students. Included in the results are methods that embrace disability inclusiveness and shared learning and accountability for educators and students alike.

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