I went to a professional development yesterday on co-teaching. My school is making a big push for more inclusion next year and co-teaching is the way to go. I had an IST in my room for my morning Language Arts block this year, and after this PD I have realized we really didn't utilize the opportunity in the best way possible. Actually, I knew all along that we weren't, but I didn't know any other way to go about it. We are going to try out some co-teaching techniques throughout the end of this year to get some practice before next school year. One thing that I think will really work in my (I mean, our) classroom--the seminar facilitator said there is no I, me, mine in co-teaching--is parallel teaching. This is where the co-teachers each take half the class and teach the same thing. In my class of 30 students, I think doing this will really benefit them. There are other techniques, such as One Teach, One Observe, useful for data gathering on both students & teachers; Station Teaching, which would be especially useful in my Daily 5 classroom; and Teaming, which was described as "one brain, two bodies."
I really like the idea of co-teaching and I am excited about doing it out again next year, and working to maximize it's benefits. Has anyone else done co-teaching in their room? I would love to hear about your successes!