Hi all! I am a first year teacher, and I will be teaching 6th grade writing. I am going to have several "on level" classes as well as a couple of "advanced" classes. I plan to take the first couple of weeks to feel out the situation and kind of decide for myself how on level or advanced they are before I start deciding how to differentiate, but I was wondering what others who are in this position do. How do your lessons differ between the classes? Do you do something completely different with your advanced classes, go into more detail, or just move more quickly? I was always a fairly advanced student, but I dropped out of several AP classes because the only difference between AP and on level was that AP classes did extra work. I don't want my advanced students to think they are being punished for being "smart," and I don't want my on level students to feel like they don't get to do the fun things the advanced classes do. I would love some advice! Help!