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Co-teachers in science at the middle school level must address co-teaching issues as well as the unique challenges of instructing middle school learners. Middle school is just that—in the middle, between elementary school and high school. Middle school students often are referred to as “tweeners,” meaning in between young children and teenagers. The successful science co-teaching pair, as discussed in this chapter, will need to address issues relating to the characteristics of middle school learners, the scope of the middle school science curriculum, and how co-teaching may be done in the middle school classroom.
This article discusses many of the great benefits of co-teaching in a middle school science classroom. Co-teaching allows for teachers to plan lessons that allow students to be more actively involved in the learning process. Co-teaching at the middle school level also allows for students who have disabilities, learning challenges, and who are gifted to have their needs met. This article also outlines the benefits teachers have when participating in co-teaching, such as help with grading and for test prep for high-stakes testing.
I believe team teaching is a great way to help your lower students in the classroom. Many kids need more one on one time with the teacher and team teaching will allow that to happen. This resource discusses how co teaching can help middle school learners.
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