There are 2 3rd grades at my school. The other 3rd grade teacher and I have been close friends for almost 10 years and have been teaching at the same grade level for 4. We have very similar teaching styles, relationships with the kids, views on teaching, etc. She loves math and is an amazing math teacher. My talents and interests are in the area of language arts. We have adjoining classrooms (connected with a regular sized door and wall). Next year there will be 39 third graders, the 2 of us as teachers, a classroom aid who would be assigned to one of our rooms and a student teacher for the fall. We are proposing to team teach. We would like to make her current classroom into a math/science lab with a large group area for community building and presentation (LCD, ELMO, SMARTBOARD). We would like my current classroom to house one large classroom library, the computers, etc and have small tables and a smaller group meeting area. Our plan is this: She will take the lead for planning and preparing for math, science and tech. I will take the lead for planning and prepping reading, writing and social studies. We would mainly execute the lessons as small groups, center-based. Our goal is to be able to really meet the individual needs of the students, offer fluid groupings based on specific skills in all subject areas, make better use of space and resources, etc. We would like to both be responsible for the education of all the kids. We ran our idea by the asst. Supt. a few weeks ago and will be meeting formally to present it. We want to cross our Ts and dot our Is. I'm sure some will love the idea and some will have reservations. I know there will be parents that will hear "39 kids in one class" and freak out. So here's where you come in. I would be so appreciative of any thoughts you could share. Anything. Positive tidbits - Concerns - Things to Consider - Parental Concerns Thanks in advance.