Hi, I was a CTT in NYC for a couple of years. While I am a big fan of teamwork and smaller student to teacher ratios, the dynamic of the classroom can make or break the teaching experience for both you and the students.
I believe that you need to treat this relationship like a business would manage work teams. Meaning, you need to set expectations for the working relationship and then manage those expectations against plan. While it is good to make accommodations for others, you need to make it clear that you are the expert in certain fields. As such, your professional opinion must be respected.
In fact, I was just a test user for a new site called APPLEBATCH at www.applebatch.com where teachers like us can come together to discuss issues and get help. I think they are launching in September so you may want to check it out and join to grow a network of peer support.
Best of luck!
· 1 decade ago