If you had two math groups in your classroom that were very different in terms of ability levels - so different that they were learning completely different concepts at the same time, which of these (or feel free to tell me another suggestion) procedures would you prefer: Note: All students in the class need a lot of attention due to learning and behavioral issues and have trouble working independently. Also, parapro is competent, but you feel that her instruction/management is sometimes sub par. a) Students divide into groups. Teacher (you) plans for both groups, and instructs the larger group while parapro uses your plans to teach the smaller group. Teacher comes over and observes smaller group sometimes when larger group is working independently. However, smaller group receives the vast majority of their instruction from parapro. OR b) Teacher is responsible for both groups simultaneously. One group is given easy to complete "busy work", while teacher works with the other group, and then the reverse. Para circulates the room to assist with work being completed. What would you be more comfortable with? I've been doing "a", but I'm not that comfortable with my para's instruction. I've been considering "b", but I HATE to waste so much time with easy busy work. However, it's the only thing they'd be able to complete independently. What do you think?