I teach a class that is comprised of all ELL students. They are two to three grade levels below where they should be. I feel this pressure to teach the school curriculum for the grade but the students are struggling and don't understand it. I am teaching them reading strategies that don't apply to level A-D books because this is what the other classes on my grade are doing. Now my school wants us to use a close reading program where the books are leveled above P. My students are also below level in math. I am toying with the idea of forgoing whole class and simply focusing on small groups. Targeting the areas that the students struggle in and trying to get them as close to grade level as possible. This however would mean I stop teaching my current grade level curriculum and teach lower grade material. I would do this in small groups. I have never done this before but I just can't see pushing forward with work that is too difficult. For example, we are about to start teaching multiplication and division. Yet, I have students who are unable to determine if a number is odd or even. I have students who cannot count forwards or backwards from a given number and they struggle with ordering numbers. I have students who cannot determine greater than/less than. I'm talking basic first grade math and number sense. I don't know what to do. I have tried to meet with small groups after teaching whole class but there never is enough time to see more than one or two groups a day and even then I feel like we don't get enough time to practice. Would you strictly teach small groups to try to fill in the learning gaps or would you push on with the grade level curriculum?