So my school has had the brilliant plan to expand (we're a charter school) to another town about 20 miles away. Sadly, the classrooms aren't ready yet. What they do have is some very large rooms that need carpet and sound boards. Their idea is to put one teacher and "four highly qualified aides" into one classroom with 60 kids. The teacher would then teach whole-group for a short time followed by what they described as break-out sessions or small groups (of about 12-13 kids per group). I've been asked to be part of the advisory committe in getting this off the ground, but my head is having a difficult time wrapping around this idea. So I thought I'd see what some other educators think. Does anyone have any experience in this? How well did it work for you? What kind of classroom management plan would be best? What do you see as the pros and cons? Any random thoughts or reactions?