One of the benefits is, we certainly know each other very well. I've mentioned before that my favorite part of the day is our chapter read-aloud. The time varies because we can never keep to a schedule. Sometimes we have time before lunch, sometimes it's right after-but the routine is always the same, come in and make a circle on the carpet. Today we came back from lunch and the kids went in, another teacher stopped me in the hall to ask a question. A minute later I walk in my room to find this in a space left between 2 students (presumably my seat) who were part of a perfect circle comprising of the rest of the class:
Now I know that doesn't mean much to you. That's the read-aloud book, a reading response journal (which I usually reference before we read so they know what I'm going to expect them to write about after the chapter) and my iced tea. :) It was just so cute. They just had everything all prepared for the next step in our day--- ready to go teach. You gotta love 'em!!!!!