I need to pick some brains for fresh ideas. During my math block I am required to teach a 15-20 minute whole group lesson. (second grade) Then the kiddos do a page from their work book and as they finish they go into math centers for 45 minutes. During math centers I am supposed to pull 4 small groups and either challenge or help them depending on their needs. I use this same model for reading and it works wonderfully .....but I have an assistant to help the kiddos so I can do my small groups. During math there is no assistant and I did have parent help but she's leaving. So I need some ideas. Here is a list of the problems I'm currently having. I have a couple of ideas for some of them but I need some feedback! Thanks! 1. Many students still need help after the whole group lesson to complete the practice page but for the model to work I have to pull small groups AS SOON AS I finish whole group. If I stop to help students I don't get to all the small groups. Possible solution: groups of 3....help each other- you are not allowed to go into your center until you've made sure everyone in your group is done - problem....i need a system for students who need more than just that extra push 2. Interruptions to my small groups from students - I need a system for this I'll leave it at this for now...but again - - please share your thoughts!