At Rosebery, almost all of our teachers are co-teaching. Co-teaching is defined as '...two or more people sharing responsibility for teaching some or all of the students assigned to a classroom. It involves the distribution of responsibility among people for planning, instruction, and evaluation for a classroom of students.' ('A Guide to Co-Teaching' by Villa, Thousand, Nevin, 2008)
Enhancing this definition, Rosebery staff have further defined a co-teaching team as two or more people who exhibit:
According to Villa, Thousand, Nevin, co-teaching may offer the following beneficial outcomes:
At Rosebery, we firmly believe that the effort required by co-teaching is worth it because it results in happier and more successful children as well as more competent and confident staff. Co-teaching provides a vehicle for teachers and students to move from feelings of isolation and alienation to feelings of community and collaboration. In other words, the lone arranger model of teaching is replaced with a co-teacher model.