I'm curious how many 5th grade departmentalized teachers we have on this board. Just for fun, post: What you teach How many classes you have One thing you love about being departmentalized One thing you dislike about being departmentalized A tip for teachers like us that have to manage more than one class Ok, of course I'll start first, Language Arts 2 classes I think everyone loves the shortened planning time, but I'll add that I like new faces after lunch The paperwork and trying to manage 2 classes of centers. I try to keep the classes together as much as possible, or else I end up with one class finished with centers and the other class still has days to go. I hate that. Forget about trying to manage 2 classes of jobs. Next year I plan to have a weekly assistant and allow my assistant to choose a helper if I need more than one job done. That's how I ended up towards the end of the year - so much easier than 2 job charts with 45 kids! I'm excited to hear what others have to say!