I just learned that I will be teaching a class with three different levels of English in it: beginners, intermediates, advanced. Each level must follow an assigned curriculum (along with required benchmarks). The total number in the class is 28. I have 5 computers hooked up to the internet also.
I have planned for some whole group activities to build classroom spirit as well as language skills since the stronger students will naturally be assisting the weaker ones.
What I would appreciate is gathering some ideas on how I can best pull off this delicate balancing act without neglecting any of their language needs? The workshop I attended at the district office offered information on learning centers, but how does a high school teacher do centers with so many students? I wish they had offered practical suggestions from colleagues who teach in grades 6-12, but that never seems to happen. I don't want to just hand out worksheets to two groups while I work with the other.
Any practical advice you can offer would be much appreciated.