What's your opinion on classes grouped by ability level (high, medium, low)? My school does this, and I have a "low/medium" class. I don't want to make that sound negative, but my students have had lower grades in the past than the "high" level classes. The low/medium ability classes have more support from the SPED department, which is helpful, but it is very difficult to teach. At any point when I look around during a lesson, there are multiple students who have no idea what is going on, can't read the textbook, can't write the answer on their own, avoid work, etc. Some have IEP's/ILLP's, some have problems at home that seem to leak into their school day, and some are just slower at grasping concepts. I don't always have help, and when I do, the support instructors are usually busy with one or two kiddos who need help the most, and the rest rely on me. It's a lot to handle, and I feel like I'm not doing a great job of giving each student the attention they need. I honestly feel like the "medium/high" classes have it way easier, because they say their students get the material right away and they're able to move on to the next activity. They do have to challenge their students more, though. And I guess one benefit of our leveled classes is that our whole class typically "gets" a lesson and completes assignments at about the same pace, rather than having stragglers far ahead or far behind everyone else. Do you think leveled classes are a good idea? Do you prefer truly mixed ability level classes, with high, medium, and low ability levels? If you have experience, I would love to hear what it has been like for you and how you made it work.