What a Whirlwind!

Boy! Time flies, doesn't it?! This first 9 weeks of school has been an absolute whirlwind! I began a new adventure this year, & it has really taken a lot of energy. I love it....but a lot of energy! Whew!

This year, I'm teaching a First, Second, & Third Multi-age classroom. It's not as crazy as it sounds...I'm also team teaching. A good friend is also teaching a 1, 2, 3 Multi-age. So what we really have is 54 kids...2 teachers. It works out fabulously & we're loving it! You might remember that we actually took out one
section of the wall between our rooms so that we would have ease of movement between the two rooms. Actually, we refer to the space as one room...two sides.

I've had oodles of questions about how it all works, so I thought I'd share what we've got going so far...
In each 'homeroom', we have a mix of all three grades. We both teach with a workshop format, so for Reading for example, we took all 54 kiddos, and looked at their reading levels (we use Fountas & Pinnell).
I have levels C through J/K, and my teamie has J/K through T. We did something similar to that for math: I am teaching the 'older' end of Math, and my teamie has the 'younger' end.

So here's what our day looks like....
 

Whew! Even looking at it wears me out! It's taken TONS of training to get it all running smoothly...but we're there! I am so glad we've finally reached Fall Break! Two weeks off before we dive into the next nine weeks. Time to regroup, reorganize, & get some things ready to launch.

I'm taking a couple days to relax in Myrtle Beach, then it's back home for a week to get things ready to roll.




6 comments:

  1. I taught at 1/2 blend and a 2/3 blend without a co teacher. I liked teaching the 1/2 blend because it was before common core so it was easier to meet my students' needs with flexibility. When I taught the 2/3 I felt like I was drowning with trying to teach two sets of CCSS standards by myself. It is great and inspiring to see how by working together, teaching multiple grades is more manageable!

    Elizabeth
    Seconds at the Beach

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Elizabeth! I think another reason we feel as comfortable as we do is that we are actually looping with these kiddos, too. So, we will have first graders for all three years.

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  2. One of my favorite years teaching was a 1, 2, 3 Multiage. I also team taught. I am glad you are enjoying your new adventure as a teacher.

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    1. Thanks, Sylvia! It's great to hear from someone who enjoyed the experience!

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  3. Enjoy your break! We are just finishing our Spring break here in New Zealand - then 10 weeks until summer!!
    I love teach teaching. This is our first year too. We unfortunately don't have one big room, so it's had a few more teething problems, but we will find out over the next couple of weeks (with end of year testing) if it's made a difference!! I am a bit biased and think it definitely has!!
    Erin
    The E-Z Class

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    1. How cool to find someone else who's sharing the same adventure & with positive effects! Thanks for sharing your input, Erin!

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