Provide Fewer Examples:
You can present your whole class expectations, skills, and content to each student equally. When it comes to making assignments, just scale back what is expected for a student based on the student’s individual needs. You may not even alter the content, just eliminate some examples to create a smaller sample, but keep the expectation.
Create Varied Levels of Support:
Provide students in need with a small group or one on one support. This may look different for each student, but equally helpful. For example, one student may require reading support. Therefore, you would read aloud the assignment to the student to just focus on the student’s math skills. Another student may require math support, in this scenario, you may also provide a small group to support the student with the assignment.
Provide Support Through Learning Tools:
Continue to use concrete math learning tools with students who are moving at a slower pace with an abstract concept. The extra time in the concrete phase of the lesson will provide this student with the time and the support they need to internalize the new skill. This will allow them to make the abstract connection at their own pace.
Close Progress Monitor
Continue to closely monitor students in need. You may need to develop an additional fluency assessment with less examples. Then increase the level of examples with each milestone they reach. This can not only provide student confidence with the increasing scores, but level to what skills they need to master before moving to the skills the other students may be working on.
You may also choose to level some students to a flash card and check list additional benchmarking systems to see how they are progressing with fact fluency before they can be successful with fluency sprints provided by the program.
Show the students who need support how successful they are and the progress they are continuing to make. This will provide them with the confidence and attitude to push on when skills are difficult for them. Set this tone in your classroom so the other students around are also positive when working with other students. This can make the classroom come alive with teachers teaching students and students teaching students in a positive and successful manner.
No matter what tools you depend on to meet the needs of your students, the importance of providing ways for all students to be successful is so important. This will create students who meet standards and goals as well as students who love to continue to learn.
- Classroom Teacher
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