Yes, the world has ended. Jill Pickle has left me and I will be working with a new teacher this year. I know, I will survive and develop another great relationship. I am past my self-pity and looking forward to meeting my new partner. Since co-teaching is like a marriage, I want my new partner to have a heads up.
Dear New Co-teacher,
I don’t know who you are yet, but very soon we will be a team. We will be spending so much time together our cycles will sync. (TMI…I know, but get used to it.) Here are some things you should know about me.
1. I may look angry, but I’m not. Some people call it the “resting *itch face.” Don’t be intimidated.
2. Smiling and small talk don’t come naturally to me. Please don’t take it personally if I look at you and don’t greet you.
3. Along the same lines…sometimes I will respond in my head and not verbalize it. (And not realize I didn’t say it.) I apologize in advance.
4. I am a morning person.
5. I have some control issues. I don’t delegate well, but I am working on it.
6. I am dedicated to these kids and will do everything that I can to help them learn.
7. I am an organized mess. Although, from the outside, it will just look like a mess. I will try to change, but I just don’t think it will ever happen…
8. I want you to tell me if I make you angry, upset, frustrated, etc. I can’t fix what I don’t know.
9. I whole heartedly believe that co-teaching is the best for ALL students. All of the students are OURS and together we will help them grow.
Your New Partner,