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What are some tips for switching classes at the fifth grade elementary level? There are only two teachers with 30 kids in each class.

Jul 7, 2014 1:58pm

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    • Jul 9, 2014 7:48am

      Hi,
      We have several teams of grades 3, 4, and 5 who switch for science and social studies. This has been quite successful for all and has been in place for over 10 years. Teachers and students love the change. Most teams choose to switch 3 times per week. First, make your "switch" time sacred. That means, it always occurs when scheduled. Do not allow this time to become swallowed up. When developing your schedule, consider what comes before and after. If you can schedule at least one of the times to allow for "extra minutes" if needed, you can keep both classes on the same lesson. My partner and I often found we may need the extra minutes, while the other did not, so sent students with other work if time ran longer.
      Expect that sometimes your visiting students may need more time, as they are not "with you" most of the day. Set ground rules -- management, traveling between classrooms, supplies needed, homework, using another's desk, etc. As teachers, we found we became "better" at our subject. Sometimes we even switched for other special lessons (poetry, math for example). Good Luck!

      • Jul 15, 2014 1:46pm

        In my district, one teacher teaches math and science and the other teaches ELA and social studies. Students are on a team and they switch between the two teachers. It's a model that works really well as the teachers can specialize in their subject areas and students still have a small team and a homeroom that they travel with throughout the day.

        Hope this helps,
        Katie