|The truth of education is that classrooms are filled with
exceptional children. The exceptional student is the student who is intelligent
but who is struggling academically, the student who is intelligent but unmotivated,
the student who is brilliant and surpassing all her classmates. It also encompasses
the student who is so distracted by family issues that she is unable to
attend to academic issues, the student who cannot understand simple instruction
because he has not yet mastered enough English vocabulary, or the student who
requires more practice to master a task than his peers. To assume there are average
students and to teach to those students, is to ignore the majority.
The following mapping lesson is an example of a lesson created meet the needs of a variety of students. By segmenting the mapping skills into separate tasks (map keys, cardinal directions, and rural, urban and suburban) the students who need more time or students struggling with language issues have more opportunity to familiarize themselves with the task and the terminology before I give the second grade mapping assessment.
Because the models are designed by the students, the students' creativity is not limited. Students are free to use their intelligence and imagination to make the models unique and interesting. Working "hands-on" with materials is highly motivating for most students. Students who may struggle in other academic areas often show strength with these mapping lessons that don't rely as heavily on writing and reading skills for success.
Please follow the link below to view a lesson I have created and how this lessons meets standards at a variety of levels.