The year I taught a 4/5 split was one of my best years. I teach in California at a Title 1 school with all ELL's. Success begins with support from others if possible. No major behavior problems were placed in my class or students who were extremely needy. I was given extra aide time (about an hour total a day). Since I only had 7 4th graders my 4th grade team absorbed them for ELA. My administration set me up for success. Since almost all of my students were independent workers I was able to do a lot of projects, which they worked on while small groups rotated with me. I had 5 working computers at the time so I would sometimes make teaching videos and have the 4th graders sit with my aide while the video played. It was early flipped learning. Now my aide would work through PowerPoints on the SmartBoard and computer. My advice is list all your resources and see how your school is willing to assist you. Be creative with whatever technology you have and utilize small groups. Don't stress out too much about state testing. My one regret is I stressed out because I was administering 6 different state tests that year (4 ELA, 5 ELA, 4 math, 5 math, 5 science, 4 writing). Since I had higher kids I actually had my highest ever test scores. I wish I hadn't worried so much. Be bold when asking for help and try new things. Good luck! I had such a good experience I continually offer to teach another combo.
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Hi Julie! Will the range of the ability levels within this split class be narrow or wide?
Meaning you will have 4th and 5th in the same room?
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