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Do I teach the same lesson to the entire class no matter the spread of ability?

Sep 3, 2013 11:05am

In all subjects some kids lag and some leap forward. It seems that I am to progress the class as a single group rather than the 4 reading groups ad 3 math groups I taught in the past to a class in primary ed.

  • English Language Arts / Math
  • Pre K-5
  • Common Core / English Language Learners


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    • Sep 3, 2013 11:40pm

      So, if some students do not comprehend, we move them all along to the next concept or skill?

      • Sep 7, 2013 2:38pm

        ...teachers need to know the "How" to allow low achievers an individual opportunity during whole group instruction "to practice at highest levels" when their verbal, conceptual, computational and writing skills are at below to far below levels. Do we now grade on "effort...she/he tried" as opposed to "specific skill acquisition evaluations".

        Providing "empty" opportunities of practice, such as Seek-A-Word Puzzles with Scientific/Mathematical terms, is not support nor viable interaction of higher level concepts, during whole group instructions.

        • Sep 7, 2013 11:32pm

          Great Question Christine! I totally concur with Kristie "However, every student should be interacting with the higher level work of their grade every day. A great site-
          objectives.htm " I might add that scaffolding delineates from a Big Idea...Commences as student's initial responses to a Core /Essential question and expands with on-going assessments of student's progress-

          We have to consider both Formative and Summative -

          Formative-Daily we monitor students learning and uncover misconceptions-One way is through probing of student's responses .

          Summative meaning data, or rubric assessment
          Food for thought
          *Learning objectives should be student-focused and target the expected student outcome. To assist in maintaining a student-centered emphasis, start learning objectives with the phrase "The learner/student will be able to- .....but than some might need modifications in time or instructional delivery yet ever mindful of the Standard posted or measured

          *Learning objectives should SMART (Specific, Measurable, Acceptable to not only an instructor but a student or parent , realistic to achieve , and time-bound with a deadline that aligns to the student's IEP.


          • Sep 8, 2013 3:10pm

            Can this question be answered in 8 words or less?

            • Sep 9, 2013 10:58pm

              Dear Timothy Kim, What you are saying is what I am accustomed to doing and have had as many as 4 LA groups/levels and 3 math in one primary/elementary class of student who are the same chronological age. However, it seems to me that CC does not allow this and it concerns me. That is why I keep pushing for a simple answer. Thank you for your comments but I am not certain what you are saying is allowed.