“I have 26 students who would ALL benefit, including 5 students with mainstreamed IEPs, 2 with IEPs who are included when possible, 8 who have been recommended for the advanced academics program, 5 English language learners at various levels, and the remainder are considered ‘at risk’.”
“I teach a very diverse group of students with varying individual learning needs. (The Spirit SD) would be a learning center for my English language learners to increase their vocabulary and reading comprehension. It would teach reading fluency and reading with expression to my students who need rich exposure to material read aloud. It would serve as a behavior reward tool, a way to excite and engage the students in learning by providing a differentiated multi-modal center activity that is highly motivating to all learners from reluctant readers to advanced readers.
I do have children with special needs mainstreamed into my classroom as well as English language learners at very diverse levels (some with little English). My school is also a center school for children with emotional disabilities as well as a school based level IV advanced academics program. When I mention differentiation, I’m not talking about differentiating for a small group of students. I have (this year) 26 students who would ALL benefit. That group does include 5 students with mainstreamed IEPs, 2 with IEPs who are included when possible, but on a completely modified curriculum, 8 who have been recommended for the advanced academics program, 5 English language learners at various levels, and the remainder are considered ‘at risk’. All teachers have a tremendously challenging task set before them, sometimes I don’t think people realize how challenging that task is.”
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