Beyond Inclusion: The Power of Targeted Collaboration in Special Education

30th March 2024

Collaboration is the method that not only helps students in their journey but also proves to be beneficial for educators, especially for special needs teachers.

According to many research, it has been found that collaboration benefits educators in many ways like-

  • instruction quality
  • way of instruction delivery
  • Being able to improve the overall learning experience of special needs students

One of the best collaborative methods for effective teaching is called “Target collaboration”.

When every teacher comes together and shares their thoughts, observations, and ideas it helps every teacher to support the diverse needs of special needs students in their classroom.

This also improves teacher’s efficacy and confidence in their teaching skills to positively contribute to the special needs student’s learning journey and school growth success.

Teacher Collaboration

In this blog post, we will be exploring some five of the most effective tips to build the environment for target collaboration.

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Five Best Tips For Building Target Collaboration

1. Foster Culture of Collaboration

One of the foundational ideas of creating a collaborative environment is that every educator is on the same page. They must have similar visions and ideas which is to help special needs students by creating an inclusive learning environment collectively to ensure the growth and unlock the true potential of special needs students.

2. Having Understanding Student’s Potential

Every educator must need to have the belief that every child is special and has a different set of abilities, skills, and qualities. Educators need to replace the backward “ableist system” and make the learning environment more inclusive.

To achieve inclusivity in the classroom, educators can acquire a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach understand each child’s unique learning abilities, and craft a curriculum in such a manner so that every child engages with the learning process.

Educators can also consider tools and strategies to create an inclusive environment for their special needs students, like-

  • Choose topics of interest for special needs students to teach
  • Interesting Inventories
  • Providing necessary resources and tools to special needs students.

3. Form Professional partnership With Educators

Educators need to work together by having trust in each other and developing programs in a way that caters to the diverse needs of special needs students. Educators can form strong relationships by listening to each other, sharing their workload, and appreciating each other’s expertise in the teaching profession. This will help educators to develop precise individual education goals for every special need student with the help of other educator's expertise to support in their learning journey.

4. Align Goals & Maintaining Consistency

Educators can guarantee coherence and alignment to incorporate customized programming in various contexts by ensuring coordination and communication for consistency. For a teacher who recognizes the reasons behind a disruptive student's behaviour, a well-executed behavioural intervention can work wonders.

However, if you implement that intervention with every teacher the student has in every class, you will witness their success. In many schools, coherence is lacking, and students with disabilities are the ones who suffer because they are left to manage up to ten different teaching philosophies from ten different teachers—the majority of whom have never had the training to understand how their disability affects learning—on their own. There are adults in the school who can assist with any pressing need. The key factor is to tap into every educator’s expertise.

5. Connect With Student’s Families

To empower children with special needs learning process, it’s a good idea to take a team approach and connect with their families with empathy. You can encourage families to engage and participate more by giving feedback in the school, keeping operations transparent, making them feel heard, and showing them their feedback is valued.

Target Collaboration Is The Key To Making Special Need Children's Life Easier

The best way to cater to the diverse needs of special needs students is by aligning teaching practices with target collaboration which helps special needs students to develop a growth mindset to achieve their learning needs. Follow the above-mentioned five simple steps to foster target collaboration to improve the quality of overall special education.

To learn more exciting and latest special needs teaching methods consider pursuing courses like Online Master of Arts in Education with Special Education, where you will get guidance from a top expert trainer who will also help you to become an effective special needs educator.

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Written By: Sheetal Sharma      

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