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Teach Independence and Work w/ Small Groups
Old 08-08-2009, 04:19 AM
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I teach 1, 2, and 3, so I know what works for me. I have also done 4, 5, and 6. My experience is Montessori, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you. In fact, my suggestion isn't Montessori, although it is similar in philosophy and appearance.

Are you familiar with the Daily 5?

Some people use a structure similar to that for differentiating math instruction, which is basically what you need to do.

You can do a whole group lesson on something like problem solving - where the standards aren't so different from year to year.

Then one group or the other will have independent/pair practice: strategy games, paper practice, independent center type activities. While they do that, you can meet with the other group for a lesson or for check-ins and assessment.

Pull the whole group together to share/debrief/compare notes, then switch the groups.

Here's a schematic from the sisters who created the Daily 5.
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