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    meeting the needs of all students
    By Cathy-Dee

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    This is now pretty typical of most classrooms which is why it's a popular question in interviews. I think often administrators are looking for someone who they feel will at least try to meet all the needs reasonably within a classroom.

    So for many lessons it would be simply
    - planning a lesson that is geared more for that middle group
    - modified the lesson and expectations for the lower group so that they can also have success with the lesson
    - adding an extra activity or two based on the lesson that would be enrichment for the top group and any from the middle group who wanted to try.

    Many lessons can easily be handled this way.

    If they are looking for an example - think of a theme or lesson which might show this.

    When I was student teaching in Grade 4 I did this.
    I did a theme on fairy tales and fables
    - I included fables because they were shorter to read and thus easier for the lower kids.
    - I had a number of projects for the students to choose from - 3 were mandatory - everyone had to do and then they could choose 3 from the "extra" projects. These were all designed ahead of time and posted on the display board.

    Some of the manatory ones included writing their own fairy tale or fable by combining two they already knew. So I accepted their writing based on their level of writing ability.
    - they also had to look at two books of the same story and the illustrations and write a paragraph telling me which they preferred and why.

    Some of the bonus categories included small writing activities
    - writing interview questions for a fairy tale character
    - designing a fairy tale theme park
    - listening to two versions of a fairy tale - which did prefer and why


    With my grade 1 class I often do work in rotating groups so that I can meet the different needs.

    - while one group works in their journals - I will read with the other group

    I usually have 2 spelling groups and give one test while the others are doing seat work they can do independently and then just change groups to do the other test.

    I think a lot depends on the teacher being flexible and aware of the different learning levels in her room.

    I also think it is often easier to challenge the high students because they can work more independently than the lower group. So sometimes it is simply - getting the average group started as well as the high group - having something in place for the high group to move to when their work is done and then being able to sit and spend time with the low group helping them as needed.



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