In our school this past year our first grade team has ability grouped all of the first graders for literacy time. They have their homeroom students, but then switch some students for literacy. We have six rounds of first grade. So now we, the second grade team, are looking into doing something similar. I want to try this because I usually get most of the low (below grade level) students each year, but then I will have a fair share of students that are on or way above grade level. This causes complications because I am feeling my centers/literacy activities are not as enriched as they could be. I also feel my higher groups get short changed when it comes to small group time with me because I need to give my low guys so much time. So as a team of five, four of us want to do this next year, and one doesn't. We are putting together our proposal b/c this will require some minor schedule changes to give us a common lit time. I am thinking we could do it without her, but am not sure how our principal will react. Throw into the mix we are hiring a new person for our team for next year also. So..............any thoughts? Has anyone done this kind of grouping with their students? Could it be done w/o the one person? Thanks!