Lisa's most recent blog post, "A Perfect Storm?" details what successful co-teaching in an inclusive classroom looks like. There are four components:
1. A shared philosophy
2. Universal Design for Learning embedded throughout the curriculum
3. Project Based Learning
4. A belief that children work better in small groups
Additional factors that promote success:
We both work very hard to make our classroom engaging, fun, and supportive. We spend a great deal of time teaching the children acceptance and respect for each other.Read the rest of her post and think about how this model could be duplicated in your schools. I am so grateful that Lisa is part of my PLN as I have learned a great deal from her. In fact, without social networking tools, I'm not sure I would ever know about her work. Add her blog to your RSS so that you, too, can learn from her successes.
We both are capable of showing our students that we are learners, too, and as such, have our own struggles to overcome.
We both believe in telling children the truth. We want them to understand their struggles so they can compensate. And so they can understand that others might also have the same struggles.