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Dropping this in a few bowls, sorry if you see it twice. I'm transitioning from teaching 8th grade mathematics at a public school to teaching a 7/8 self-contained classroom at a charter school. Any advice for teaching mixed grade levels or multi subject is appreciated: scheduling, classroom setup, subject order, behavior management, etc. I'm struggling to find my rhythm with only 6 weeks before kids return. Thanks to everyone for your commitment and time, enjoy your summer!

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What type of self contained setting? Is it md/life skills? Emotional/behavior? I've taught EBD and this was my format: Math we utilized stations. Small group for each grade level, an independent work station with Para support, and whatever computerized program we had that year was the last station. Granted we have 84 min blocks. Sci/ss was a LOT of hands on/inquiry/research/projects so that students could work on iep goals and grade level standards. I didn't teach ela. But they use read180 and the format is incredibly similar to the math I mentioned above. Hope this helps.

One mistake I definitely made when I started was dragging out activities or lessons as I had in non-self-contained classes before. Activities that are quicker but super hands-on usually do the best for me. I also have a nice chill out corner that I find really useful and the students seem to love. We have a bean bag by the window and some sensory tools if they're feeling overstimulated or just need some time to themselves.

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