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I'm doing my first-ever job share. I'm coming back from maternity leave and I'm allowed to take a part-time extended parental leave, meaning I can choose the percentage I come back at for a year or two. I've chosen to come back 60%, which is 3 full days. I've been told I'll be coming back Mon, Tues, Wed.

My question if for any of you who have shared a class like that before... how do you decide who does what? I won't know who my teaching partner is until the weekend before school starts in September!

I'm wondering what the best way of dividing up the curriculum would be, because I don't have to do the planning for the days I'm gone. I was thinking that we would both of course be teaching Language Arts and Math, but that I would take care of Art and Health/Career and she would take Socials and/or Science.

What do you think about dividing up the math curriculum? Do you think we should just carry on from where the other left off or kind of split it up (e.g. one of us do the number sense and addition while the other one "concurrently" teaches patterning, measurement, geometry, etc.) Do you think that would make it easier for us, but harder for the kids? Or would it not matter?

I teach in BC, Canada and in my district we still have a lot of teacher autonomy. So, it really is up to us to decide how to do it.

I would appreciate any responses/suggestions, or sharing from your past experiences!

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sonjateacher 07-18-2012 09:47 PM

Thank you for your advice!

Coopsgrammy 07-16-2012 06:29 PM

I have taught in a job share for the past four years. I was hired when the other teacher returned from maternity leave and needed to work half days. She had been teaching First grade for ten years. (Small school, only one class in each grade.) We split our time morning and afternoon. My co-teacher taught Language Arts in the morning. In the afternoon I taught Math, Science, and Social Studies. Often, we would integrate subject matter, starting a project in the morning and finishing it in the afternoon. This was especially fun when presenting student work on a bulletin board, giving coverage of the "whole class". This year I will teach full time. I must admit, I am looking forward to making the class my own and instituting my own management style.

If your teaching styles are similar, I would carry on math lessons. Many students need daily coverage on concepts. Also, make sure you dove-tail on discipline/management and communicate often to stay on the same page. Otherwise, students will play you off each other similar to parents. (Experience speaking here.)

I have really enjoyed my job share experience. Good luck on your new adventure!!

rachelmpd 07-16-2012 02:15 PM

A teacher I taught next door to for many years has had a shared contract for many years. This is what works for them. They also talk a lot to each other on the phone and leave lots of notes. They split the week also. They each have their own subjects to plan and the other one implements it.

So teacher A says on Tuesday introduce multiplication concept. Teacher B is there on Tuesday and will implement it.

This works great for them.

sonjateacher 07-16-2012 01:36 PM

I'm doing my first-ever job share. I'm coming back from maternity leave and I'm allowed to take a part-time extended parental leave, meaning I can choose the percentage I come back at for a year or two. I've chosen to come back 60%, which is 3 full days. I've been told I'll be coming back Mon, Tues, Wed.

My question if for any of you who have shared a class like that before... how do you decide who does what? I won't know who my teaching partner is until the weekend before school starts in September!

I'm wondering what the best way of dividing up the curriculum would be, because I don't have to do the planning for the days I'm gone. I was thinking that we would both of course be teaching Language Arts and Math, but that I would take care of Art and Health/Career and she would take Socials and/or Science.

What do you think about dividing up the math curriculum? Do you think we should just carry on from where the other left off or kind of split it up (e.g. one of us do the number sense and addition while the other one "concurrently" teaches patterning, measurement, geometry, etc.) Do you think that would make it easier for us, but harder for the kids? Or would it not matter?

I teach in BC, Canada and in my district we still have a lot of teacher autonomy. So, it really is up to us to decide how to do it.

I would appreciate any responses/suggestions, or sharing from your past experiences!




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