For those of you who teach in Middle School (or High School) self-contained classes: I am wondering how it works. Do you just work "through" the bell? Or do you try to tailor your schedules around the bell schedule (with "periods" etc) ? I have just accepted a position with a middle school to begin an autism program. I will have five students (fifth and sixth grade) in a self-contained middle school classroom. I've always taught elementary school, although I am excited about this new job. I know that they will have a few classes (electives) outside of the classroom, and that I will have to plan for them in the daily schedule. I am hoping that they will at least be placed in the same classes with 2 or 3 at a time (so I don't have one kid leaving 1st period, one kid leaving 2nd period, etc.) How does it work for you? I will have one paraprofessional assigned to the classroom, and one 1:1 paraprofessional assigned to a specific student, so essentially its 1:1 for that student, then 2:4 for the other four students. Do you guys get a planning period? Lunch period without the students? I'm just so curious how it all works out. The school is 6th through 8th, but because the elementary school has PK, K-2, and 3-4 programs, these 5th graders are the first to age out of those autism programs and they will start the autism program at the middle school beginning in 5th grade. So, essentially, the students will all be in the "same grade" (6th) -- because the 5ths will go with the 6ths. Just trying to figure out a few logistics in my head. Any ideas/info welcome! Thanks!