Bowen State High School inclusive practices focus on co-teaching in general classrooms.
Co-teaching increases the competence and confidence of
general classroom teachers to use differentiated practices as strategiesto reach
and include learners of all ability levels thereby improving the outcomes of
What is co-teaching?
Co-teaching is a service delivery option for students who
receive support for special education, learning support, extension and other
specialized services (for example, ESL - English as Second Language).
Co-teaching is a vehicle used for providing those services
within the context of the general education classroom instead of sending
students to a separate setting for that purpose.
These are the critical characteristics of co-teaching
is implemented by two professionals with equivalent qualifications but
different areas of expertise. One partner usually is a general education teacher.
The other can be a special educator or ESL teacher but could also be a
speech/language therapist, school psychologist or another professional.
- The goal
of co-teaching is the provision, within the general education setting, of the
specialized instruction needed by identified students.
have a reciprocal relationship and share instructional responsibilities. Both
teachers have ownership of all students and work together to effectively
maximize the learning of all students in the classroom.
takes place in a single shared classroom, exceptions occurring when students
have alternative provisions (e.g. Testing
in a separate setting) or the instructional activity is best carried out in two
settings (e.g. some students are in the media centre using computers while
others are in the classroom using print materials).
negotiate their roles. The intent is to take advantage of the expertise each
professional brings to the partnership, setting aside assumptions about
traditional responsibilities and forging new ways of thinking about teaching
Which classes are co-teaching classes? This is usually
determined by which classes have students that require additional support for
special education, learning support, extension or other specialised services.
I have come quite a
distance in knowing how to differentiate for all learners through co-teaching.
I feel competent in catering for different learning styles
using different strategies
Co teaching has been a very useful experience and the skills
and practices involved I now use in my other classes – Nick Johnson
My confidence level has improved towards differentiation
through simplifying content and modifying work for students as well as using
curriculum to classroom activities for extensions for our upper 2 band students
– Co teaching has been a great process where I have been able to impart my
knowledge on other teachers and assist them in differentiating for other
students in general classrooms.
SOSE HOD Stuart Butwell
I have been co teaching for almost a year as an English
teacher and also the STLAN. My competency and confidence with differentiation
has improved, delivering instruction has improved as well as my ability to
identify the learning needs for a range of students and plan for those
STLAN Sarah Taylor
As the STALN Sarah now co teaches as a specialist with
general classroom teachers imparting her knowledge of literacy, literacy
instructional strategies, differentiation and learning support to other
teachers within the general classroom.
Year 9 student – my
learning levels have increased since co teaching started in our classroom
Everyone feels included because there’s 2 teachers helping
Students are engaged because if they don’t know how to do
something there are two teachers to help you understand
Year 9 student: it has affected me because I am more engaged
with the class because 2 teachers teach.
One teacher can also teach something different, I could be learning
something new with another teacher.
I was on a C and then I moved to a B now on my last
assessment I am an A.
It feels more subdued, quieter and focused because one
teacher can take a student and help them and the class can move on.
I think students are more engaged because a co teacher can
help someone while the other teacher continues teaching- if 1 person doesn’t
understand there is always someone to help
Activities are more meaningful.
I feel more engaged with the teachers.
I think it is easier for the teachers because
they understand where each student is at .