Every teacher in every class should practice differentiation. It's simply catering to varying abilities and developing lessons where there are slightly different tasks for the students to hone in on their strengths and areas of need.
Yes it can be tough to do, but every good teacher does it and unis now are really pushing students to do it well.
I personally like composites. It can be a chance for higher functioning kids to be exposed to extension work and leadership tasks, for kids with various maturity to be with kids at their own stage.
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31-01-2016 07:38 #51
31-01-2016 09:02 #52
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Every teacher in Australia would differentiate. Well they should be anyway. No, it's not hard. Even in a class of 19 children, I would expect at least 3 different ability groups that the teacher would cater for. In a year 2 class you might have kids working at a year 4 level or beyond down to a year 1 or even kindy level so the teacher has to cater to these. In English this might be getting the bottom group to write a sentence independently, the middle group might write 3 sentences independently and the top group would be expected to write a paragraph independently. This is just an example.
In our K-2 classes there are 6-8 reading groups that change frequently as kids move up in reading ability.
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31-01-2016 09:29 #53
Obviously I'm a bit worried about how unsettled the kinders will be. I think they will split them up a bit between the teacher and the TA.
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