I observed that many, over half of my students, were really struggling with the beginning-of-year typical math. Okay. The other teachers saw similar problems. Our math specialist had some very specific assessments, so started assessing the kiddos. I received mine back... 12 out of a class of 27 are, to be blunt, absolutely clueless with math concepts. Some are new to the school, but others were here for first grade. We're talking missing kindergarten skills. Others are somewhat behind... I can honestly count on one hand the kiddos who are comfortably at grade level. So, how to approach this? Do I maybe pull a switcheroo with my TA and have her stay on grade-level with the few while I go back to basics with a huge chunk of the class and basically ignore the standards for the next couple of months? It just seems too many students to do the normal interventions. Should I split my math time between touching on our year's standards and interventions/reteaching? Any other ideas? I'm kind of at a loss here with this number of kids. It may seem silly, but I hate the idea of spending the year catching them up only to have them still be a year behind for 3rd grade.