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Should the children be moved along as a group/classII even though some have not mastered the concept/skill?

Sep 4, 2013 8:22am

Do I wait for the less gifted children to conquer the skill/concept before moving along with the class or do I take those who have not conquered the subject along with the others hoping they will catch on later?

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


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    • Sep 4, 2013 9:06am

      Hi Christine,
      In terms of ELA, it's important to afford all students experience with rich, grade level text. Allowing students to work with their peers, in heterogeneous groups, can be a rich learning experience. Consider engaging all of your students in an exemplar close reading lesson here: or also posted at We have explored these lessons in our district, and many of our teachers have been surprised at what our struggling students could do. Watching our students interact with many of these texts challenged our own assumptions about student learning.

      (However, it is important to note this work should not describe all instruction, as some students will need additional support. So ideally, it's important to strike a balance.)

      • Sep 5, 2013 5:40am


        You should look into Universal Design for Learning, as this will allow you to design curriculum that provides enough choice so every student can work in his/her zone of proximal development. This is a hugely powerful framework. You can find a lot of awesome UDL lessons at