Originally posted Jan. 15, 2008
By Marilyn Friend, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
When it comes to topics of interest related to collaboration, co-teaching is probably at the top of the list. In this post, I thought I would talk a little about the problems constraining the potential of co-teaching from being realized. These ideas come from keeping up with the professional literature on co-teaching as well as my own frequent work in schools. The dilemmas include these:
- Lack of initial and ongoing professional development for co-teaching partners.
Would anyone in the world of business expect a sales representative to introduce a new project without first being taught about it? Would a surgeon try a new procedure without training? Of course not. But it seems in education that professionals often are left on their own to figure out how to implement new ideas and practices.