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50 Strategies for Differentiation, Adaptation, and Support for Early Learners

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50 Strategies for Differentiation, Adaptation, and Support for Early Learners

Whether there are 40 students or 5 in a classroom, there are always differences in how kids learn and what they need in order to be successful.  The longer you work with children, the more tools you’ll have in your toolbox and you might think you’ve got it all figured out, until the day that you don’t.  Students’ needs vary widely and what works for one year’s class might not work for another; what has worked for the 150 students you’ve taught over the last 7 years might not work for the new student who arrived last week.  To help you build your toolbox, here are 50 strategies for differentiation, adaptation, and support for early learners. Read More

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Superhero Unit

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Superhero Unit

During the last week of our Apple Unit, I sat down with the kiddos and asked them what they wanted our learning theme to be next.  We’d gotten to know each other and the school routines well enough that I could start stepping back into the teacher-as-facilitator role and the kiddos could take a more active role in constructing their own interest-driven learning.  We came up with a bunch of ideas:  dinosaurs, princesses, cats, Batman.  Then one of the kids suggested “Superheroes” and they all agreed that it sounded like a great idea.  So, Superheroes it was! Read More