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Rachel Yakey
Student Awareness
Sun Nov 23, 2014 13:09
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I think the thing that makes it so hard to differentiate is that they aren't used to it anymore. They are so used to whole class instruction that it is hard for them to work on something while another group gets attention. If I stay at it all fall semester, spring semester should show some gains there.

I am hoping with some that when they are aware the will be more motivated. But I don't think that will be with everyone, just because so many, especially boys, think they are none readers. What was really interesting was that another boy in that group but not part of the focus students, at the beginning looked and me and said, "You're not going to get me to read better because we just don't read. My whole family, we are just not readers." But everyday, when he comes into class he now says, "When do I get to read that book?" Which is AWESOME!

I did have them try and manage their progress data but it took about 20 mins to explain how to graph their results on the repeated readings. I was hoping to have them do it because it also reinforces their other core curriculum but with the timed allowed in this study. It is definitely something I want to do as I differentiate more.


  • differentiation and motivation - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 11:57
    I was also wondering how this would impact your instruction in the future. I can imagine the challenge of differentiating instruction when you have a limited amount of time and MANY students to... more
    • differentiation - Melissa Boyd, Tue Nov 25 10:39
      Differentiation can be quite a juggling act. I color code stations that are differentiated. This helps for independent work when I am working with small groups. It does take extra time to plan and... more
    • Student Awareness - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 13:09
      • boys motivation - catheyt, Sun Nov 23 18:20
        The boys and their reactions reminds me of the class we took with Dr. Meyers last year. Boys so often have this stereo typical view of themselves as (non)readers. It sounds like your students own... more
        • Graphic Novels - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 19:12
          I do read a graphic novel, actually I talked my school into buying American Born Chinese because it fit our social studies curriculum. :) My "non-reader" boys read in a day and half. I also an not as ... more
      • non-readers - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 18:18
        Some of my students say the same thing about not reading. I have read some research that talks about the decline in reading as the students enter middle school and that continues into high school.... more
        • Changing it up - Rachel Yakey, Sun Nov 23 19:13
          Hey Stacy, Do you mean how to I plan to keep the differentiation fresh?
          • change up - Stacy, Sun Nov 23 19:32
            Yes - how will you keep differentiation fresh?
            • Re change up - Rachel Yakey, Mon Nov 24 07:23
              That is a great question. I'm not sure if changing interventions will be necessary in every area. It seems a lot of years of research has gone into the repeated readings, taped readings, etc. So I'm... more
              • response to Rachel - Stacy, Tue Nov 25 08:18
                I agree that the basic need to stay the same. I am always thinking about ways to change certain parts up so that the students stay engaged. I like the videos, and think that you are doing a great job.
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