Does anyone else's school use "clustering" to group students? My district started this about 6 years ago. From my understanding, the main purpose of clustering is to help kids who are G/T. However, my district clusters all classes. Here is an example of how our 2nd grade is split up: -1 teacher has a mix of G/T kids and average kids -1 teacher has the SPED students (who all happen to be low, but not always), average kids, and high-average kids -1 teacher has all average and high-average kids -2 teachers have a mix of low-average, average, and high-average kids I somehow became the teacher of the SPED kids when I started at my new school 3 years ago. I was speaking to the 3rd grade teacher who has had the same cluster of SPED kids for 6 years now, and we're both feeling incredibly frustrated. I love all of my students, I really do, but having a high population of kids that receive SPED services (anywhere from 4-7) really is a lot of added stress. We both feel like we're juggling all of these crazy schedules, meetings, and co-teaching, while our teammates aren't. I didn't even think that clustering was supposed to be done this way. We both want to talk to my principal about maybe splitting up the kids in SPED between a few teachers, or having the teachers who take the SPED kids on a rotating schedule, but we don't want it to sound like we're whining. How are SPED kids placed at your school? Do the teachers who have this population have smaller class sizes (we don't)?