Monday, April 9, 2012
Split Class & Multi-age Linky Party!
I would love for you to grab the button and link up to share your best tips and tricks for managing a split class- from academics to behavior.
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**Here is my advice to anyone taking on a split class- this is my 2nd year teaching 1st and 2nd grade combined and I love it. It can be challenging to juggle two different sets of academics, but my best tip is to continue to teach at high levels. It has AMAZED me what first graders can do when they are exposed to high expectations... not that other 1st grade teachers don't have high expectations, because you all rock and I know that you do, but I have to teach everything so my 2nd graders get it and my first graders rise to the occasion beautifully.
**We also do everything together except math. Daily Five and CAFE have been a natural fit with a split class because I teach so many mini-lessons each week, I can differentiate over and over and hit multiple skills and skill sets.
**For math, I teach one grade level while the other does Debbie Diller inspired math workstations and then we flip-flop.
**One of my favorite things about a split class is seeing friendships blossom that would not have otherwise existed!
So, I guess that is more than 1 tip or trick... feel free to grab the button at the top, link up, and share all that you have! Let's make this linky a big one!