One year, I had a group of first grade students with disabilities who needed support in the general education setting. The first grade teacher happened to be my closest friend in the building, and based on a previous (unsuccessful) experience with inclusion, I knew what questions to ask and what topics to discuss. We decided to attempt co-teaching with the literacy block. To be honest, we didn’t have much research or information and we figured out our process as the year progressed. The amazing part was what we were able to accomplish with ALL of the students in the classroom! Beyond the gains in student achievement, we had FUN! We found that it was much easier to brainstorm lesson plans with two people, and our areas of expertise were different, but complimented each other beautifully. Other teachers wanted to know what we were up to and how it was helping our kids. All of this was possible because of our personal relationship and the trust we had for each other as colleagues.