As special educators we are constantly finding ourselves in
co-teaching relationships, whether it is with Instructional Aides in our own
classroom or with general education teachers in their classrooms. Co-teaching
is great for the students. It improves our teaching, pushes us to think beyond
our own opinions, allows us to get two sets of eyes on a student's progress,
gives us someone to bounce ideas off of, and helps manage behavior. The
benefits of co-teaching go on and on. I love it and prefer co-teaching to
working in isolation. That doesn't mean it isn't hard.
The problem is that no one tells us it is going to be hard. In
about October you start to think you are doing something wrong because it IS
hard and nobody warned you. Aren't you supposed to have that idyllic
co-teaching relationship your professors told you about?