What all do the children know prior to
coming to my class?
All children have different
experiences and learn different
things before coming to school.
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Many things can influence what a
child knows prior to grade school.
living with them
To find out what all a child knows, a
teacher can give a pre-assessment at the
beginning of the year.
How do you determine what learning
level each child is on?
It is also important to figure out which way each
child learns best. If you can figure this out, the
children will learn much better and be more
motivated to learn.
To find out what reading level a
child is on, a teacher can give a
The teacher can analyze the
running record for the percent
Based on the percentage,
the teacher will know what
the child's reading level is.
The running record can tell a
teacher much more than just the
cues they are using
Self correction ratio
It is important to take an initial
assessment at the beginning of the
year, and also continue to assess as the
Assessments help gauge
if a student is progressing
in the necessary areas.
If the assessment shows that the child is
behind in any area, the teacher can modify
her teaching strategy to help the child.
How do I create lessons that teach to all children in a
It is important to
treat all children
Give each child what
they need to succeed
Don't have favorites
Treat the "troublemakers"
with the same respect as
every other child.
Make sure you are speaking in
a way that is supportive
Praise partially correct
Speak in calm tones, don't yell
Regulate your words
Choose words that encourage
the child to learn for himself, not
just to please others
Cater to the
way each child
Learn by seeing.
Learn by hearing
Listening to stories
Learn by touch
Writing things down
One activity I really liked was shown in a video in Dr. Durham's class. The
teacher had several natural colored paints at the front of the classroom.
The paints were labeled names like 'mahogany,' 'peach,' and 'cinnamon.'
Each child would take a turn to be at the front of the room and the teacher
spread different paints onto the child's hand to figure out their true skin
Activities like this put
importance on the children's