Our first grade class this year has two teachers and three classroom aides. The beauty of this model allows all students to receive both small group and whole class instruction to meet individual needs. In addition, this model allows teachers structured time to provide remediation support as well as create lessons to challenge advanced learners. Our goal is to establish a nurturing learning environment in which all students feel respected, safe, and are willing to face challenges and take risks. It is crucial for us to celebrate our unique differences, while keeping in mind that we are each an important piece to the class as a whole.