I teach in a small school. There are two Title I teachers and two teaching assistants. Our program has been extended this year to include 4th and 5th grade, which is new for us. I service 37 students in grades 3-5. My assistant and I split our time so that on certain days, we go into the classrooms together and, along with the classroom teacher, we do guided reading and writing groups. On the other days, we go in separately so that when I'm with one grade she is with another. It seems to be working very well and the teachers we work with are very happy. My question is this: Is this too much time spent in these grades? The teacher who services grades K-2 (also 37 students) complains that she needs more help and that we do not need to be in grades 3-5 as much. She is trying to convince our administration that this is a problem that needs to be addressed. I love the rapport I am developing with my students and the teachers I work with and feel we are all seeing great results. I don't want to switch but I'm afraid it may happen. Any advice on how to justify what I'm doing? Or is she right? Do the younger kids need more than the older kids? I've never taught primary, but the kids we service really need the help. We have a meeting about this situation next week and I'm very nervous about it. How should I prepare?