self-contained multigrade classroom strategies
Next year I'm teaching a combined 7/8 grade class at a small school. The class is going to be about half seventh and half eighth graders. Each grade has their own curriculum. Science, Health, and the specials will taught together, but the core subjects they will work at their own levels. I did a practicum experience in special education that was a 1-5 grade class, and subbed in some special ed resource rooms, so I have a little experience with a multi-grade format. I know I will have to be organized and plan well with both curiculums.
Has anyone ever taught a multi-age classroom before?
What strategies especially for classroom managment work best for a combined 7/8 grade since I'll have to teach one grade while the others are working independently?