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Roles and Responsibilities

Teams function most efficiently when members share a common understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities. One of the reasons why teams fail is a lack of clarity among team members regarding their respective roles, responsibilities, and the expectations they hold of one another when working together to accomplish their vision, mission, goals, and objectives. When roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, team members are more productive. There is less duplication of effort; less confusion, disappointment, and frustration; and greater productivity.

One of the first tasks that you should complete with your collaborative teaching partner is to establish what each person's roles and responsibilities are going to be. Click the images below to learn more about Roles and Responsibilities in the Collaborative Teaching Classroom.

The Roles and Responsibilities handout will provide you and your colleagues with information about roles and responsibilities of professionals in the inclusive classroom.

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The Florida Inclusion Network has developed a Collaborative Teaching CUE Card which also addresses this topic

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Successful collaborative teaching partnerships always begin with self-reflection. Think about your personality traits, your teaching style, your strengths, and areas of weakness. Knowing yourself well will make you a better colleague because you know what you are bringing to the partnership.


The Interpersonal Styles handouts below are a great tool to assist both you and your partner with reflecting on your characteristics and identifying your dominant personality style. This will assist you both with understanding one another better throughout the course of your working relationship. Click on the images to open the handouts.

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