Co-Teaching Coordination: How NOT to lose the stapler.
Co-Teaching requires an obscene amount of coordination, even for the simplest of details, like supplies.
Since there are TWO teachers who, at any given moment, are reaching for pencils, sharing a stapler, grabbing for the projector remote, or need the dry erase marker, (never mind hundreds of students flowing in and out of your class who have their hands on everything), it is KEY to have pre-determined, designated spaces for supplies, so both of you know where everything is, at all times.
Every team might prefer a different method, but here are some tried-and-true methods of keeping supplies stationary to keep you and your teaching partner sane:
1. Jewelry-pocket hangers:
3. Shoe Organizers:
4. Storage boxes or labeled stations :
5. Drawer organizers:
It also helps to label your supplies with your classroom number and last name– so, if borrowed or lost, it’s much harder for someone to “forget” where they got it from.
It is much easier to agree on a system and put supplies back in designated places, rather than asking your co-teacher,”Where do you put the—?” 500 times a day.