Dear New Co-teacher

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.

Good Luck!

Your New Partner,


Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.58.24 AMTo go along with Michelle’s BigTime Blogging Challenge, here’s a poem…

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3 thoughts on “Dear New Co-teacher”

  1. I whole-heartedly hope that you share this with your new co-teacher. I’ve had some AMAZING working relationships as well as some that were less-than-amazing. Being honest and upfront about who we are goes a LONG way when we have to spend so much time together.

  2. I just re-read this post and I have to say that everything you told me before you knew it would be me is true. You often think things in your head and don’t say them out loud or look angry or upset when you are not. You don’t delegate well and you are messy. BUT you had a clean desk for at least the last two months of school. And I nagged you enough that you gave me some of the tasks you previously held. 🙂 It benefited us to have our cycles sync up because then I could keep track of it for you… (TMI, I know) But the thing you were most correct about was your commitment to OUR kids and the way that co-teaching benefited them. It has been an amazing year and I can’t imagine having gotten to do it with anyone but you! We grew so much as a team over the course of the year and now I’m so please to be able to call you my friend instead of just my co-teacher!

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