I teach LD self-contained middle school level. I would like to try dividing the class in half (about 12 students together) and doing guided reading with them. I would take 6 of the students and work with them in a small group. These students range from reading levels of pre-k to about 4th grade. It would be great if I could do this because there are so many different levels. I have tried doing this in the past, but it's just so hard to control the kids I'm not working with. I would give them an assignment, and they would start moving around, talking, or trying to ask me for help while I'm with the other group. I have an aide only part-time, so she won't be of much help. What ideas do you have for the other half to work on independently?