New to Grade 4/5 Split Class I will be teaching a grade 4/5 split class in September. There will be 6 grade 4s and 16 grade 5s. I am very excited to teach junior. I have taught grade 1/2 for the past 4 years, but during that time I was on maternity leave for several months almost every year. We have three children ages 4, 2 and 1. I totally agree with all the suggestions re: discipline and teaching procedures. Last year I was on maternity leave until Nov. and I found it so hard to establish order without being there in September and being able to develop routines. It truly helps to eliminate behavior issues. This is especially true for children with ADHD or learning disabilities. I took a behavior management workshop this past year and one thing that was stressed was posting a schedule in your classroom that can be changed daily to show each day's subjects etc. This way the children know what to expect. They feel in control of their environment and less stressed over what is to come. I am definitely going to implement this in the fall.