This goes beyond just putting two teachers in a room. Ideally, the relationship would be like that of a pilot and copilot. The pilot is ultimately responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft. But the copilot is capable of taking over if needed. And if the copilot says an engine is about to catch on fire, the pilot better trust copilot's judgement. And finally, the copilot knows that he or she will eventually become a pilot if they demonstrate skill, expertise, and experience. And the pilot also knows that they can end up a copilot again if they mess up. Yes, I've worked with an aide. I also spent a summer co-teaching. Moreover, I spent several thousand hours in the Air Force flying as a part of the flight crew on transport aircraft. No going outside to "cool off" at 40,000 feet. My point exactly. In terms of basic classroom discipline, all the "administrative support" doesn't mean a thing if Johnny thinks the teacher isn't going to see him throw the spit wad. And if the teacher does see Johnny throw the spit wad, then the teacher either has to stop teaching in order to deal with it immediately, or make a note to deal with it later, at which point Johnny can deny throwing the spit wad and call the teacher a liar. So when Johnny decides to throw the spit wad, he stands a pretty good chance of getting away with it. Good enough, at least, that the fun of throwing the spit wad outweighs the risk. Actually, it would be one class with two names in the "teacher block" of the class roster. One teacher would be in charge, and get paid accordingly. No, the grading probably would not be split. I know it's a big paradigm shift, but it's doable. Maybe one teacher would issue all the grades, or maybe they would both sign off on them. I'm not denying that this would shake up the teaching profession. New teachers would work under a supervising teacher for longer than it normally takes to get tenure. The bar for becoming a supervising teacher would be rather high. It would probably need to be phased in - voluntary at first except for new teachers. Think of the possibilities. No more "sink or swim" for new teachers. They would actually get to learn how to teach before being eaten alive by that proverbial "6th grade class from hell." You could actually exploit people's strengths better. Maybe Mr. Brown is great in classroom management, but a bit dry in terms of teaching style. Meanwhile, Mr. Smith is creative and fun, but has a habit of letting kids run over him. Provided they are willing to learn from each other, you would have a very effective classroom environment. And if they are not willing to learn from each other? Well, that's when they get to have conversations with admin about whether they are in the right line of work.