Co-teaching can benefit students and teachers as well

Sauk Prairie reading interventionist Claire Fallon believes in co-teaching. “Research has shown that even just a different person restating what the first person said can help increase learning in students,” the WEAC Region 5 member says in an article this week in the Sauk Prairie Eagle.

Fallon, who teaches at Tower Rock Elementary School, says co-teaching can benefit all students but also helps her grow as an educator while building trust and communication with other teachers.

“Each teacher comes with their own set of tools in their toolbox,” she says. “With co-teaching we get to share our tools. And I have a very full toolbox.”

The Eagle article quotes Grand Avenue Elementary School Principal Craig Trautsch saying co-teaching also benefits teachers by providing an extra set of eyes.

“We have such a diversified student population that one way of trying to explain something or connect with a student doesn’t always work,” Trautsch said. “Having that second teacher there can make a difference in whether a student understands something or not.”

Another benefit, he said, can be found when a teacher may be absent, requiring use of a substitute. “You don’t have that transitional part for the students because the other teacher can step in and lead.”

Read the entire article in The Eagle and wiscnews.com:

Teachers share duties, learn from one another in the classroom

Two heads are better than one. That old proverb sums up the co-teaching movement utilized in some Sauk Prairie School District classrooms, and it’s become a philosophy for Tower Rock Elementary School reading interventionist Claire Fallon. “Research has shown that even just a different person restating what the first person said can help increase learning in students,” she said.