Hi, friends! I'm stopping by to share how I've stepped up my differentiating-game this year. My new team is fabulous at finding just-right learning materials for our 1st grade friends, and we have found a just-right system to make sure these materials get in the right friends' hands.
Like most teacher stories, it all starts with school supplies. This time, it's three reams of Astrobrights colored cardstock - green, yellow, and blue.
We flexibility group our friends into these 3 groups - green (below grade-level), yellow (on grade-level), and blue (above grade-level) for math and reading. To make it easy to remember think of a first grade outside picture (green = grass, yellow = sun, blue = sky). Our kids can move anytime they are ready, no big deal. Right now, I actually have 2 yellow groups and am slowly transitioning them into a blue group. I have a FABULOUS group of friends this year!
In our listening center, the 3 colored folders fit on top of the shelf. Students can choose any book to listen to. Then, after carefully listening, they pull a recording log out of their folder. The papers in the green folder often include a word bank and space for drawing their ideas, the yellow folder includes more lines for writing, and the blue folder includes a recording sheet for a 2nd grade reading skill.
This is what is working for my friends. What works in your classroom? How do you manage differentiate with your friends? I'd love to hear about your system!