The first step is to spend class time with her, observing and interacting. After that, in an effort to form a more complete picture, I consider her test scores, reading level, writing samples, and previous teachers’ notes. Then, I'm ready for the fun part: marrying what I have learned about this beautiful child with my curriculum, which is essentially a long list of the skills & knowledge I want to teach her.
This means teaching the children how to work alone, in pairs and in small groups when they don’t have my attention, and I mean really work, not just twirl in the wind. The next step is to organize the children into small groups with other children who are at a similar level and working at a similar pace. Then, I start my rotations: one group for 20 minutes, the next group for 20 minutes, and so on, until I’m back to the first group and starting the rotations again. It’s during these small-group sessions that I can give each child what she really needs, be it a second explanation of long division or a harder set of problems with more zeros in it.
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