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|Mon, 08-01-2005 - 4:52pm|
I teach 4th grade. My co-teacher, the other 4th grade teacher, has another obligation during the day. I just found out that the principal is asking the "Reading Specialist" to teach my co-teacher's reading class while she is gone. The principal is also asking that I schedule reading at the same time as the other 4th grade class, and that we work very closely together. The "Reading Specialists" would need to work with any 4th grade students from either class who are in need of her special services during the class (instead of a small group pull-out situation).
In this situation, would you ablity group and put the low readers in one class and high readers in the other? How might they be different? Another option would be for us would be to use mixed groups with high and low in each group where students help each other out (this is the way I currently do Reading). Any other thoughts/options out there? Pros/Cons?
Really, anything and everything you have to say here would be helpful. I start school in one week (but the kids start in two)!
Thanks in advance!