We have hired our new sped teacher for next year, so we will be splitting the grade levels in half. My principal said that we could decide how to split the caseload, but she wants "input." I have made it overwhelmingly clear that I want the primary grades. My original degree is in K-3 and I'm a lot stronger in early intervention. My district recently moved 6th from middle school to elementary, but they still act like middle schoolers, and they and their teachers drive me nuts. My whole team agrees with me on that. My teammates and I purposely looked for someone who has experience with intermediate grades when we were interviewing for this reason. The person we chose is coming from a middle school. She also said in her interview that she was strong in working with teachers who are resistant to providing accommodations and modifications in the classroom, which our upper grade teachers really need. I am just not "confrontational" enough, and we felt that the 6th grade teachers (who are the biggest problem) may have more respect for a fellow middle school teacher. We were discussing this in our team meeting the other day and my P said that she knows I feel I'm stronger in primary, but I need to be "open" to other ideas. She said one idea that they had that's "just an idea" (translation: this is what I want you to do) is to split K in half (we have tons of K students coming next year) and then have one of us do 1st, 3rd, and 5th while the other does 2nd, 4th, and 6th. Then we would switch the following year so that the students would have the same teacher for two years in a row and have more stability. This makes NO sense to me. With this method, students would be making 3 transitions in sped throughout their elementary career. With one primary and one intermediate, they'd only be making one, and have the same teacher for 3 or 4 years. I think it's also easier to focus resources/planning/classroom set up for just primary or just intermediate. They also want us to do some push-in next year, which I HATE, but that's another story. I feel like if I have any chance of really working with the classroom teachers and establishing myself as "not an aide" in the classroom, I need to work with the same teachers and not switch every year. Do any other schools split the caseload this way? Are there any reasons I'm missing why it might be a good idea? I'm wondering if my P really wants me to work with intermediate for whatever reason, and is trying to do this as a "compromise." Honestly, if I have to I'd rather just do the primary/intermediate split and say I'll take intermediate because it's better for the kids and teachers that way.