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Helping Other Teachers

Found in: building trust & community

As a special education teacher who works with first grade, I am always looking for ways to promote goodwill between regular teachers and specialists. One of the complaints voiced in our building is that regular teachers have all of the homeroom duties and specialists get assigned only door duty, etc.

This year I decided to take my turn with homeroom duties. Each month I treat one of the regular teachers who welcome me into their rooms. When the bell rings I collect their students from outside, get them settled, and help with the roll call and cafeteria orders. I also take this same class downstairs when it is time for lunch.

The homeroom teacher gets a few more minutes for preparation in the morning and a chance to sit down a little longer at lunch. This simple gesture has smoothed the way for a lot of cooperation in the classroom.


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