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The Teacher Tip

Finding Ways to be Flexible in Teaching

June 5, 2018

Adapted from KidsFirst From Day One by Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz

  • Tweak something in the scope and sequence you teach to better fit your students’ needs.
  • Change up the amount of time you devote to a given lesson -sometimes this means coming through material and sometimes this means lingering with the same lesson for a few days.
  • Try different teaching structures such as whole-group, small-group, or one-one-one conferences depending on exactly which students need a given lesson.
  • Give students choice – about math problems, books they’re reading, writing topics, everything! – as much as possible.
  • Differentiate your teaching based on what your students really need. Find ways to reinforce the lesson for students who need more support and extend the lessons for students who need more challenge.
  • Think about what materials would really engage and thrill your students. Think nice pends for writing, whiteboard and erasers for math, up-to-date book for guided reading, and do your best to bring them into your classroom.
  • Create materials (charts, personal word walls, visual schedules) that give students something to refer back to.


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