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    By JulieG04

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    This is the second time in four years that my grade level has "switched classes." When we did it for the first time I was a first year teacher and I loved it because it took a lot of the planning pressure away and let me focus on teaching just Language Arts and Social Studies. For the next few years, our principal decided that third grade was too early to "switch" and we went back to our traditional ways. Now, we're trying to departmentalize again and I'm teaching math and science.

    I agree with Margaret's comments. I feel like I'm really able to create focused, differentiated lessons when I only have to plan for two subject areas. Also, teaching the lesson twice allows me to determine what flat out "didn't work" and what might just be a problem for a few learners.

    By the same token, all the teachers involved have to be really open to communication, all have to be willing to be flexible, and it helps if your teaching styles are complementary. I do miss the ability to stop and capture all those teachable moments because sometimes that's just not possible!:p

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