Katie (comment #15),
You asked about my shared teaching position. You asked me to email you the official job-share proposal that we submitted to our principal. However, we did not need to persuade anyone in our district because other teachers who had job-shared before us already did the split-week plan. In fact, other than half-day kindergarten, all teachers in my district who job share split the week instead of splitting the days.
I think the split-week schedule is actually better for the students. When teachers split the day in half, they tend to only teach certain subjects. I believe that when both teachers teach all subjects, they know their students' strengths and weaknesses in all subject areas and can better meet each student's individual needs. I can't imagine not knowing my students as readers or writers and only teaching math or science. Also, our schedule requires us to collaborate on everything. Every decision we make regarding our students requires two brains working together to best meet the needs of our students and prepare the most thorough curriculum that we can give our students.
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