I teach a k-5th grade special ed class (very much like the old one room school house) I currently have 14 students with one full time and one part time teaching assistant. I could never do my job without them. About half of my students take the regular state assessment and the other half participate in the portfolio or alternate assessment.
I begin our day teaching written language as a whole group lesson. My TA helps my 1st graders who have a more difficult time with writing. We move into whole group reading. Again my TA moves around the room and helps those who are struggling. All three of us take a small group for reading. Small groups are divided on instructional level, not grade level. I also teach math whole group and small group. Again, everyone is divided by instructional level. I teach science, social studies, and health whole group. My TA steps in and helps those who need it. All of my students go to special area classes with their grade level. The only time my classroom is empty is when go to computer lab and library once a week as a class. I have "planning" time at the end of the day while my students do learning stations or sensory stations. It seems like I blink and the entire day is gone!