As I have said before, this year, I have started sharing a room. It is definitely a change. Plus, the question remains do you stay in the room when the other teacher is teaching? (Is it just me? Do other people have that question?) At this point, I do stay in the room for the most part. I teach in three different rooms, so it is nice to just be at my desk without having to pack everything up AGAIN and try to remember what I need ANOTHER TIME.
I have to say, it is a really great thing. I teach differently from the other teacher in my room; we do teach Spanish II together though. He is really great at explaining vocabulary in Spanish on the spot. I have to plan it out, but I am getting better! He is also really good at asking questions of students on the spot. I am again a planner with this. It is really nice to watch another teacher even if you will not do everything alike.
The other day, we were discussing how I used Voicethread for my speaking assessment. He asked if I thought about Google Voice. Um, hello! I had set up an account awhile ago, but it is something that I just don’t think about. He is going to use it with his class. It may solve all of my problems that I was having after my speaking assessment.
Even though we have worked together, this is the first time that we have truly collaborated. I am aware that this is not the situation for everyone, but I would like to suggest that more teachers share rooms more often. And if you are, try to think about what you can get out of sharing a classroom with someone. What is the best part of sharing a room with someone for you?