Okay, so I have been reading posts on here for awhile and I have decided to post and get some opinions. I am a first year teacher and I have a self-contained class. The class was designed for low functioning students (6-8th grade). It really is an in between class to high for TMR class but to low for resource. Now what has happened is that it is the first year they have had this class so every teacher has used this as a “dumping” ground. So it has quickly become a “behavior” class. So here is my problem(s). First, I do not have an assistant and I have 11 behavior kids. Second, and more importantly some of these kids are truly low functioning. I have 3 or 4 that are functioning at a 4th – 6th grade level while the other 7 or 8 are at k-1st grade level. I keep shouting that these 3 or 4 are not in the LRE. I am struggling with curriculum because how do you teach reading, writing, grammar, phonics, health, science, social skills, etc. to such a diverse group of kids. I don’t know what group to focus on the higher functioning or the lower. My heart says lower but when I try to focus on lower the higher kids get out of control with boredom. My higher functioning kids really are the “behavior” issues in the class, but mostly because they really don’t belong. I feel like I am teaching slightly below them but way above the rest. So they are catching on the others need more time so these few kids have time to act out. Don’t get me wrong we have a good time, we learn, but when it’s bad…..it’s bad!!!! Does anyone have curriculum ideas or suggestions? FYI I got two that can’t read or write and the others barely can. I have a promethean and I use it all the time and my kiddos do as well. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!!!!!!