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,
To go along with Michelle’s BigTime Blogging Challenge, here’s a poem…