I teach in a public school. I will have students who are "pulled out" of my class for additional support in reading and /or speech and language. They work with another teacher during the time they are out of the room. In the past I have been able to arrange my schedule so that they could leave during a 1 hour Centers Time. Then I gave them additional support (or had my instructional aide get them organized) when they returned so they could be brought up to speed. I have always felt they are missing critical time in the classroom. (While they are out for that 1/2 hour) This year I have no instructional aide. Should I have the in-classroom kids do a standby (sort of optional) activity? Should pull out kids take the missed work home for homework? I don't really want to fill the time with worksheets... although I may have to resort to that. But even if I did, shouldn't any enrichment or review that's important enough for the other kids to be doing also be important to the kids who were pulled out? Maybe I am making too big a deal of this...but everyone has such great ideas here. What do you think?