I'm looking for some help!
My school is considering departmentalizing or team teaching in first grade next year.
It all stems from our recent 3-5 grade state test scores. Since I am in Texas, we are not following the Common Core. Texas chose not to adopt the standards. However, we have state STAAR testing for 3-5 grades. Last year the test was new and so it was considered a practice test. Our 3-5 grade students had been taking the TAKS test. The STAAR scores from last year came out last week. Our school did extremely well in Reading, Writing and Science. Our 4th and 5th graders did fabulous in Math. However, there was over a 20% increase in Math scores from 3rd grade to 4th grade. Therefore, our administration believes it could be because K-2 spends a great deal of time teaching reading. Although we spend a lot of time during our day teaching our Math skills or standards, we may not be spending enough time on Math or we may not be spending it effectively. They are toying around with the idea of having our first grade teachers become experts in a specific subject matter, so each teacher can dig deeper into their subject. They are wondering if a teacher focuses her planning on Math, and not on all of the other areas (Reading, Writing, Phonics, Science, Social Studies, etc...) can we better prepare our students for 3rd grade Math?
Is there anyone out there that is teaching departmentalized first grade? Does anyone team teach in first grade? When I say team teach, does anyone teach Reading or Math and have another first grade teacher teach the opposite and the students switch from class to class?
I would love to get your feedback, advice, comments, concerns, suggestions, etc...!!