I would like to inform you of research-based "best" practice that is being implemented at Andrew G. Curtin Intermediate. Each year, your child may experience “co-teaching”, a dynamic partnership between general education and special education teachers that allows for the sharing of the teaching responsibilities for all students assigned to a classroom. Both teachers are involved in instructional planning and delivery, student achievement, assessment, and discipline. This collaboration allows all students in a classroom to receive age-appropriate academics, support services, and necessary modified or enriched instruction on a consistent basis.
Other co-teaching advantages are:
- Students have two teachers to ask questions of and get help;
- Lowers student/teacher ratio;
- Instruction targets individual student learning style;
- More time is devoted to learning versus students waiting for help;
- Opportunities for re-teaching are immediate;
- Communication is constant;
- Teachers become experts with material;
- Behavior issues can be minimized;
- Frequent enrichment or alternative learning experiences can be planned;
- Emphasizes peer modeling;
- Provides a stimulating environment in which children grow and learn;
- Enhances student accountability;
- Establishes consistent academic and social expectations of students.
The staff at Andrew G. Curtin Intermediate School is proud to continue to implement this wonderful learning opportunity for your child. Our goal is to deliver a challenging curriculum with high standards by increasing the amount of teacher support he/she will receive in the classroom.
If you should have any questions pertaining to co-teaching, please feel free to contact either of us at school.
Thank you for your continued support.
David J. Michaels