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Collaboration in Inclusive Schools

Please discuss collaboration and inclusion in the classroom.

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Effective Applications of Collaboration in Inclusive Schools:

A. Shared problem solving: is the basis for collaborative activities in many contexts of school settings. This is a challenging task since it involves a group of professionals whose needs, expectations, and ideas should be blended into shared understanding and mutually-agreed upon solutions.

A. Model step for shared problem solving include: (a) discover a shared need; (b) identify the problem; (c) propose solutions; (d) evaluate ideas; (e) plan specifics; (f) implement the solution; and (g) evaluate outcomes.

B. Co-teaching: When two or more teachers share the instruction for a single group of students, typically in a single classroom setting (Bauwens & Hourcade, 1995). One way of meeting the needs of students in inclusive schools but not a solution for every inclusive situation.

Types of co-teaching collaboration

A. One teach, one support: one teacher leads the lesson and the other takes an assisting role.
B. Station teaching: curricular content is divided into two parts. One teacher teaches half of the content to half of the students while the other teaches the other part to the rest. The group then switch and each teacher teach his/her part of the lesson.
C. Parallel teaching: Two teachers divide a heterogeneous class group in half and have each teacher instruct half the class separately.
D. Alternative teaching: Dividing the class into one large and one small group (e.g., small group for remediation)
E. Team teaching: teachers share ...

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